Liberal Arts and 55+ Program
Danse Macabre: Perspectives on Life and Death in Western Literature
Join us over three Saturdays to explore end-of-life issues from the perspective of writers and artists from classical antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Romantic and Modernist eras and the present day. Learn how societies, under the shifting influences of religion and philosophy, have thought about death and its connection to living.
We will focus on recurring themes around death—taboos, fears and curiosity—as they’ve developed in Western consciousness. Including other art forms to enrich our exploration, we will consider how literature has represented the points of view of the dying, the bereaved, caregivers and medical professionals over time.
This is the third course in a new series on end-of-life matters at SFU Continuing Studies. The courses can be taken individually, and are of interest to health professionals, legal professionals, policymakers, researchers, gerontologists, psychologists, social workers, educators and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the increasingly complex field of end of life.learn more →
We invite you to browse this list of our instructors, whose expertise spans a wide variety of fields.
Are you a qualified, experienced instructor? Do you have a topic idea that you think would capture the imagination of lifelong learners? If so, we want to hear from you!
Our courses, open to anyone 55+, are academically oriented and intellectually challenging. We do not offer recreational courses or courses leading to the acquistion of a skill (such as languages).
We welcome over 2,500 seniors annually. We are also credited with offering the most dynamic and wide-ranging courses for mature adults available in the Lower Mainland.
Successful instructors possess special qualities: intellectual awareness, excitement, flexibility, openness, superior listening skills, and an ability to manage a wide-range of personality types. They come to us because they have a passion for teaching and learning from lifelong learners.
For more information on how to teach for us, please email your CV and proposed course topic(s) to the program director, Rosalyn Kaplan.