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 →
SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society
Created in 2005, our society is an independent, non-profit, registered society under the British Columbia Society Act. Our roots can be traced to the Opsimath Club, founded in the 1970s.
We are governed by our own bylaws and board of directors, which is elected at our Annual General Meeting. The use of SFU in our name maintains our link to the university while representing past and present senior students at Simon Fraser University.
Lifelong learning through active participation in group situations and activities adds vibrancy and excitement to the life of seniors.
To fulfill our philosophy, we are committed
to the following:
- Providing and promoting communication between our members, Simon Fraser University and the community.
- Fostering a feeling of fellowship among all senior students at SFU, past and present.
- Maintaining a liaison with the director of the Liberal Arts and 55+ Program regarding input on courses that fulfill the unique interests of mature students.
- Providing financial assistance to undergraduate students through grants from our endowment funds.
- Providing financial assistance for the free events offered by the Liberal Arts and 55+ Program.
Becoming a member
By joining the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society (SLLS), you can help support SFU Continuing Studies' Free Saturday Forums. These forums, which take place several times a year, have been very popular.
Our society has created two endowment funds. One endowment gives bursaries to SFU students each year. The other, the 55+ Program endowment fund, helps support the 55+ Program operations.
By joining the Seniors Lifelong Learners Society, you can help shape our organization by participating in the election of our board members. As a society member, if you so choose, you can stand to be elected to our board and help make decisions in the direction of our society. As a board member, you can make decisions that shape the university’s academic destiny in the area of continuing education for students 55+.
To become a member, please print and fill out the Membership Application Form.
You can reach us by email at email@example.com.
Please join us by printing out and completing the membership form below and mailing it with your cheque or money order for $25 payable to the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society:
SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society
#2300 – 515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3