Liberal Arts and 55+ Program
Legal and Ethical Issues in End-of-Life Studies
Join us for three Saturdays as we explore a range of legal and ethical issues relating to death, dying and the end of life. These issues include the extent of the public interest in private death, and how that interest relates to laws about death and dying; legal, medical, ethical and cultural definitions and understandings of death, along with the impact of differences among those definitions; the sometimes difficult legal and ethical questions about who has the right to make end-of-life or life-ending decisions, including the withdrawal of life-prolonging treatment, non-treatment and MAiD (medical assistance in dying). We will explore laws pertaining to the dead. Who makes decisions about the dead? On what basis? We will also consider the extent and ability of the law to assist people to plan for death. To what extent should the dead be enabled, through law, to control the affairs of the living—for example, through legal vehicles such as trusts? At what point do the wishes of the dead impinge on the interests of the living? How does the law mediate that conflict?
Throughout the course we will be examining and discussing several important Canadian judicial decisions that have grappled with difficult questions related to death and dying, including Carter v. Canada, R. v. Rodriguez, Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society and A.C. v. Manitoba (Director of Child and Family Services). We will engage with these issues directly, using the legal and ethical principles discussed to work through hypothetical “fact patterns” from different professional, personal and philosophical perspectives.
This course will be of interest to health professionals, legal professionals, policy-makers, researchers, gerontologists, social workers, educators and anyone with an interest in the relationship between law and society, the philosophical and ethical issues underlying the law relating to death, dying and end of life, and broader end-of-life studies and issues.learn more →
Your gift makes all the difference!
Our program has enjoyed tremendous growth, but we need your financial help to ensure our innovative and successful programs and services continue to thrive.
You can choose where your contribution goes:
- Your gift to the 55+ Program Endowment Fund will ensure that we continue to offer the highest quality courses and events for adults 55+ and enhance the variety of special offerings. This endowment is supported by the SLLS.
- Your contribution to the Annie Watson Student Bursary fund can help provide the gift of learning to adults 55+ for whom cost represents a significant barrier to lifelong learning. The bursary provides support for those who cannot otherwise participate in the Adults 55+ Program by covering a significant amount of their non-credit course registration fees.
The family of the late Annie Watson, a student in our courses for adults, helped establish the bursary in 2011.
Donating is easy:
- You can donate online to either the 55+ Program Endowment Fund or the Annie Watson Student Bursary.
- You can mail us a cheque made payable to Simon Fraser University:
2300–515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
(Please indicate where you would like your contribution to be applied: 55+ Program Endowment Fund or Annie Watson Student Bursary.)
The university will mail you a tax receipt for donations over $10.
Together with your valuable donations, the 55+ Program is supported through a generous bequest from former director of the program Alan Aberbach, whose legacy gift means that SFU can promote learning for people of all ages for many years to come.
Rosalyn Kaplan, Program Director