Joy of Lifelong Learning

Sign up for semester-long academic courses at reduced rates as a Joy of Lifelong Learning student. Students aged 55 and up can access exceptional NIC faculty, facilities and learning opportunities from a wide array of more than 80 interesting arts, science, creative writing and fine arts academic courses.

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This course is an introduction to the sub-fields of anthropology: physical anthropology and archaeology. Through readings and audio-visual material, the origins and development of humans and their cultures are explored, including the development of the civilizations of the Old and New World.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

An examination of traditional and post-contact aboriginal societies using a culture area approach. This background will lead to consideration of the status of Aboriginal People in contemporary Canadian Society.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

An introduction to the core concepts, basic data sources, and general research findings in the field of Criminology. A key focus is on elements of continuity and discontinuity between traditional and contemporary theories of crime, deviance, criminality, and social control. Particular attention is paid to the Canadian context.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

An introduction to the structure and operation of the Canadian criminal justice system, including the police, courts, and corrections. Analysis of the patterns of crime and victimization, police discretion and decision-making; criminal sentencing; correctional institutions and community-based models; and the youth justice system. Patterns of contact and conflict between various social groups and the criminal justice system are also examined.

Location:
  • Campbell River Campus
  • Comox Valley Campus

An introduction to the fundamental principles or jurisprudence and the basic legal institutions of Canada. An examination of the history of Canadian law, the development of the Canadian constitution, the system of Canadian courts, and the roles and responsibilities of members of the legal profession. In addition, an analysis of the nature of legal reasoning, the doctrine of precedent, and the principles of statutory interpretation. Also introduces the fields of contract, torts, administrative law, and family law.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course offers an intensive introduction to the nature, purpose, sources and basic principles of Canadian criminal law. It will include analysis of what constitutes a crime, the basis of criminal responsibility, and the common defences used in criminal law. Fundamental legal concepts will be highlighted. The course includes a short community practicum designed to help students to apply their developing understanding of criminal law to that which occurs in local area courts.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

An introduction to the development and operation of correctional systems in Canada. Topics include the history of corrections, contemporary correctional institutions, relationships between inmates and staff, case management and treatment, community-based corrections, and life after prison.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

Beginners French II is the second of four courses in a complete introductory French program, which through the use of authentic, contextual language models, provides the students with a solid foundation to communicate proficiently in French as well as to function effectively within the culture in real life situations. Besides emphasizing language acquisition by providing a complete grammar scope, Beginners French I, II, III & IV also present important aspects of culture, customs and values of the French-speaking world providing students with a deeper insight into its diversity while exposing them to authentic language.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

Beginners French IV is the fourth of four courses in a complete introductory French program, which through the use of authentic, contextual language models, provides the students with a solid foundation to communicate proficiently in French as well as to function effectively within the culture in real life situations. Besides emphasizing language acquisition by providing a complete grammar scope, Beginners French I, II, III & IV also present important aspects of culture, customs and values of the French-speaking world providing students with a deeper insight into its diversity while exposing them to authentic language.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

Intermediate French II is the second of two courses in a complete intermediate French program, which through the use of authentic, contextual language models, provides the students with a solid foundation to communicate proficiently in French as well as to function effectively within the culture in real life situations. Besides emphasizing language acquisition by providing a complete grammar scope, Intermediate French I & II also present important aspects of culture, customs and values of the French-speaking world, providing students with a deeper insight into its diversity while exposing them to authentic language.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course is the second of two courses which provide a continuation of the study of French grammar at an advanced level. A study of selected literary Francophone readings (French & French-Canadian), together with a variety of up-to-date and provocative articles and texts will allow the student to further improve both written and spoken French through practice in conversation, comprehension and composition.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining climate change and includes scientific, social, economic, political, and ethical perspectives. Some key areas of focus include climate science, vulnerability of human and ecological systems, observed and projected impacts, climate change adaptation and mitigation, policy debates, and current and future challenges.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course provides a general chronological overview of Canadian history in the pre-Confederation era. It introduces some of the major political, social and economic events that shaped early Canadian development.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This introductory course provides an overview of Canadian history since 1867, concentrating on the main lines of political, social and economic development. It analyses important issues such as the Riel Rebellion, the shift from a rural to an urban society, the effects of the two World Wars, the Great Depression, the relations between English and French Canadians, and provincial demands for autonomy.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course surveys world civilizations from ancient times to the beginning of the Medieval era. It will include study of such areas of history as ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Japan and India; classical Greece and Rome; Africa and pre-contact America; and Islam, Byzantium, Western Christendom. The focus will be upon identifying broad themes, issues and patterns in world history, and upon accounting for political, social, cultural, intellectual, religious and economic change.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course surveys the world of early modern Europe from the flowering of the Renaissance in Italy and northern Europe, through the age of the religious wars in the seventeenth century, the eighteenth century Age of Enlightenment, and developments in eastern Europe and Russia, culminating in the great watershed of the French Revolution. In addition to covering military and political developments, the course also describes the changes wrought in the social and economic lives of the people of the emerging nation states of Europe.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

After a brief exploration of earlier 18th Century events, this course begins with the causes, course and consequences of the French Revolution. This survey course will then examine the major events of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Particular emphasis will be placed on industrialization, the growth of the nation state and imperialism. Social change will also be examined.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

"Since wars begin in the minds of men," reads the UNESCO charter, "it is in the minds of men that we have to erect the ramparts of peace." This course explores how humans have struggled to understand, memorialize, and learn from war. Although the course uses a comparative thematic approach, there is a heavy emphasis upon twentieth-century wars, since this will both provide focus and allow us to probe the politicized relationship between lived memory and history. "War," notes the journalist Chris Hedges, "is a force that gives us meaning." This course will use monuments, memorials, museums, myths, paintings, photographs, weapons, flags, cartoons, family stories, novels, and movies as sources for thinking about the ways in which war is remembered and defined.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course combines an introduction to the religions of Asia with comparative analysis of some key organizing themes for the study of all world religions. It examines the origins and historical development, the sacred texts, the central tenets, the institutions and rituals of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto. It also explores selected core concepts such as sacred space, sacred time, sacred rituals and sacred symbols in a comparative context that uses not only these seven eastern religions but also the Abrahamic tradition and other world religions as reference points. Instruction will combine intensive reading, seminar discussion and lecture presentations.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

The topic for Winter 2021 will be Indian Civilization From The Mahabharata To The Mahatma. Provides an intensive introduction to the culture and history of a particular world region or to a comparative global theme. Although the topics will vary from year to year, an integrated interdisciplinary approach, core readings of primary texts and student learning through participatory seminars and extensive critical written analyses will be recurring constants. Open to all students as an elective, the course may be coordinated with upcoming Spring Study-Abroad Field Schools.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

An introduction to selected problems in philosophical ethics and social-political philosophy. Topics include the relativity or objectivity of values; egoism and altruism; the nature of right and wrong action; classical and contemporary ethical theories; applied ethical problems; the nature of justice; the relation between individuals and society; and approaches to the meaning of life.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

An introduction to philosophical attempts to understand the nature and value of art. The course surveys influential Western theories of art from the ancient to the contemporary period. Issues discussed include attempts to define art, the social value of art, censorship, the nature of aesthetic experience, artistic creativity, problems surrounding interpretation, and the relation of art to political and gender issues.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

An examination of ethical issues arising in the contemporary business context. A number of classical ethical theories are introduced and applied to a variety of concrete problems such as whistle-blowing, product safety, employee rights, discrimination, international business, the environment, and investing. Emphasis is on mastery of the key ethical concepts and their application to real-life situations.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

An introductory course designed to acquaint students with some of the fundamental concepts, theories, perspectives and debates in the International Relations field. Topics will include such issues as international security (war, peace, military force; international organizations, international law and human rights; North-South politics; global environment crises; and the growth of a global political economy. Although it is not a course in current affairs per se, integration of contemporary world events and issues will be used to enhance critical understanding.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

The course covers the following topics: research methods; biological bases of behaviour; consciousness; nature, nurture and diversity; development; sensation and perception; learning; and memory. Students are introduced to relevant psychological principles, theories and research findings, and are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the value of psychological research.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

The course covers the following topics: research methods; thinking and language; intelligence; what drives us; emotions, stress and health; social psychology; personality; psychological disorders; therapy. Students are introduced to relevant psychological principles, theories and research findings, and are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the value of psychological research.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

The course covers selected disorders listed in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), focusing on the nature of each disorder, biopsychosocial explanations of each disorder, and relevant treatments. Legal and ethical issues are also addressed. Students are introduced to relevant psychological theories and research findings, and are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the value of psychological research.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course provides an overview of child development up to, but not including adolescence. The impact of genetics and environment, major theories of human development, methods for studying child development, cultural diversity, and development in the physical, cognitive, emotional and social spheres are included.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course provides an overview of human development from adolescence through old age. Topics include the impact of genetics and environment, development in adolescence and adulthood, cultural diversity, change and development in the physical, cognitive, emotional and social spheres, and death, dying and grieving.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus
  • Port Alberni Campus
  • Port Hardy Campus

The course introduces psychological perspectives on criminal behaviour, emphasizing theoretical and developmental issues, before considering specific crimes (e.g., white collar, domestic violence), and specific offender populations (e.g., sexual offenders, mentally disordered offenders). Students are introduced to relevant theories and research findings, and are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the value of psychological research. CRM 101, PSY 130 and PSY 131 are recommended.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course will introduce students to some of the major concepts, issues, and approaches in the discipline of sociology, including ethnicity, gender or sexuality. The course is designed to encourage the student to think more deeply about the relationship between personal troubles and public issues.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

SOC 111 is the second course in a full 1st-year university level introductory sociology course. It addresses specific social institutions such as the family and education, work and politics as well as social problems such as social change and inequality. The course is based on a critical evaluation of the major institutions of modern capitalism.

Location:
  • Campbell River Campus
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course surveys a full range of sociological perspectives on crime and deviance including the social disorganization perspective, functionalist and strain perspectives, subcultural and learning theories, interactionist and social control theories a well as conflict and critical theories.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

Beginners Spanish II is the second of two courses in a complete introductory Spanish module which through the use of authentic, contextual language models, provides the students with a solid foundation to communicate proficiently in Spanish as well as to function effectively within the culture in real life situations. Besides emphasizing language acquisition by providing a complete grammar scope, Beginners Spanish I & II also present important aspects of culture, customs and values of the Spanish-speaking world providing students with a deeper insight into its diversity while exposing them to authentic language.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course is the second of two courses designed to further expand students' language skills in Spanish as well as their awareness of the Hispanic culture. It focuses on real communication in meaningful contexts to develop and strengthen students' speaking, listening, reading and writing skills while introducing them to the richness of Hispanic literature and culture.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

The first year level course provides an introduction to women's health issues from a feminist perspective. Some historical perspectives and the underlying socio-political and economic context of health, as well specific health issues that impact women are explored. Relationships are drawn between patriarchy, capitalism, the medicalization of women's health issues and the impact on women's reproductive and human rights.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

ENG 209 is a second year university studies writing workshop that focuses on the method and craft of fiction. Students will examine the work of successful fiction authors and nurture their fiction writing skills through the workshop method. Students will create a portfolio of stories.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course is a continuation of the introduction to the history of art that began with Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture I / FIN 100. This course serves both as a chronology and as a primer to developing the visual and verbal skills that are essential to communicating effectively about visual culture. It explores various methodologies employed in understanding the social, political and historical context in which art making takes place. Course material covers the time-period from the fourteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course is an exploration of drawing and mark-making, it introduces methods, material and concepts particular to the medium of drawing and visual language. The intention of this course is to provide students with foundational skills and artistic vocabulary that will enable them to express themselves in the medium of drawing. An emphasis will be put on comprehension, analysis, and ability to make artistic decisions. Additional Information: 1) Material Kit: Students will be required to pick up a material kit for specific assignments. Students unable to pick up material kit in person will be required to purchase their own materials for the assignments. 2) Supply List: Instructor will provide a supply list one month prior to class start date. Students are required to purchase these supplies.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course will introduce students to the printmaking processes of relief, etching, and screen print. Technical, aesthetic, and conceptual aspects of each process will be explored through the production of hand-made prints. Students will learn safe studio practices and responsible use of materials, tools and studio equipment. Students are encouraged to experiment and develop a personal and expressive response to printmaking processes. Additional Information: Students will be required to pick up/drop off at Comox Valley Campus. Students will be required to pick up a material kit for specific assignments. Instructor will provide a supply list one month prior to class start date, students are required to purchase these supplies

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

In this studio course students continue to explore colour theory and colour applications introduced in FIN 120. Students develop their visual vocabulary and painting skills by experimenting with various colour applications and techniques to investigate: observational, figurative, illusionistic space, and conceptual painting. This class will provide students with the skills and artistic vocabulary to understand the implications of colour, design and technique in the medium of painting. Additional Information: 1) Material Kit: Students will be required to pick up a material kit for specific assignments. Students unable to pick up material kit in person will be required to purchase their own materials for the assignments. 2) Supply List: Instructor will provide a supply list one month prior to class start date. Students are required to purchase these supplies.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This foundation course expands upon 3-D art and design fundamentals explored in FIN130 Foundation Studio in 3-Dimensional Art and Design. Through hands-on studio projects, students explore a variety of material processes and expressive potential related to objects and space. Formal elements and principals of art and design provide framework for production. Projects are informed by research, readings, presentations and critiques; historical and contemporary three-dimensional art and design contextualize the studio projects. Additional Information: 1) Material Kit: Students will be required to pick up a material kit for specific assignments. Students unable to pick up material kit in person will be required to purchase their own materials for the assignments. 2) Supply List: Instructor will provide a supply list one month prior to class start date. Students are required to purchase these supplies.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This studio course explores clay as an expressive medium for utilitarian and aesthetic purposes. It covers the techniques of hand construction and an introduction to the potter's wheel as well as various glazing and decorating methods. Additional Information: Students will be required to pick up/drop off at Comox Valley Campus. Students will be required to pick up a material kit for specific assignments. Instructor will provide a supply list one month prior to class start date, students are required to purchase these supplies

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This studio course introduces the student to the fundamentals of black & white photography. Students learn the basics of camera operations including exposure and creative camera controls using 35mm cameras to produce photographic images. Basic darkroom and silver-based print production techniques are covered. 35mm single lens reflex cameras are provided for students to use in this course. Additional Information: Students will be required to pick up/drop off at Comox Valley Campus. Students will be required to pick up a material kit for specific assignments. Instructor will provide a supply list one month prior to class start date, students are required to purchase these supplies

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course employs creative and critical inquiry to investigate mixed media and interdisciplinary practices in drawing. Through exploration and experimentation students will develop individualized approaches to technical, formal and conceptual drawing skills. Emphasis will be on drawing as a process to develop imagery that integrates representation, imagination and personal expression.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course is a continuation of FIN 220, concepts of visual language and critical inquiry are used to investigate the discipline of painting. Through exploration and experimentation students will develop individualized approaches to technical, formal and conceptual painting. Emphasis will be on painting as a process to develop thematic imagery and personal expression. Additional Information: 1) Material Kit: Students will be required to pick up a material kit for specific assignments. Students unable to pick up material kit in person will be required to purchase their own materials for the assignments. 2) Supply List: Instructor will provide a supply list one month prior to class start date. Students are required to purchase these supplies.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

A continuation of FIN 230, this course provides students opportunities to expand and refine their approaches to the development and creation of contemporary sculpture. Emphasis is placed on developing and sustaining individual research and studio practice, incorporating diverse technical, aesthetic, conceptual and theoretical considerations. Student presentations and critiques provide opportunities for development and contextualizing of intentions and practice. Additional Information: 1) Material Kit: Students will be required to pick up a material kit for specific assignments. Students unable to pick up material kit in person will be required to purchase their own materials for the assignments. 2) Supply List: Instructor will provide a supply list one month prior to class start date. Students are required to purchase these supplies.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course is a continuation of FIN 235. It is intended to expand on the concepts and techniques explored in FIN 235. Additional Information: Students will be required to pick up/drop off at Comox Valley Campus. Students will be required to pick up a material kit for specific assignments. Instructor will provide a supply list one month prior to class start date, students are required to purchase these supplies

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course, containing similar material to that of BC Biology 12 and meeting the same requirements of BIO 060, is designed for non-science majors who require a science elective, or science students without the necessary prerequisites for BIO 102/BIO 103 and/ or BIO 160/161. Topics include an introduction to concepts in cell biology beginning with basic concepts in chemistry, cell structure, cell energetics, cell division and genetics. The last part of the course will focus on human anatomy and physiology. Throughout the course the connection between topics covered and human health will be emphasized.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

This course is designed for non-science students who require a science elective, or science students without the necessary prerequisites for Biology 102 and 103. Topics include a brief review of cell division and genetics to provide a grounding for the discussion of evolution. The course will also provide an introduction to the diversity of life with investigations into the evolution of plant and animal structure and function. Finally, basic concepts in ecology will be introduced to provide a grounding for the discussion of current environmental issues.

Location:
  • Comox Valley Campus

Cost

Each course costs $105 + administrative fees (application, student union and learner fees apply).

Who can apply

Canadian citizens and permanent BC residents, aged 55+.

Students who pay appropriate tuition and fees no later than the first day of classes for the term.

Students who register as an auditing student in Joy of Lifelong Learning courses.

How it works

Students will not be charged a non-refundable deposit at time of registration but will be subject to fee and refund deadlines. Students take as many Joy of Lifelong Learning courses as they like; however, they cannot register more than once for the same course at the reduced rate. As audit students in Joy of Lifelong Learning courses, assignments and exams are optional. Instructors have agreed to provide feedback on summary assignments and projects. However, university transfer credit is not awarded to auditing students on course completion. Students who wish to register in courses for credit must pay the full tuition and meet the admission and course prerequisites.

Register

Once you find courses that match your interests, check the location and timetable to find courses that fit your schedule. Bring your completed joy of learning application form and your ID with you to any NIC Registration Office. As an audit student, transcripts are not required; however, please review the course details so you will be prepared to join the class activity. Once registered, you will receive an email to your personal email address providing you with an NIC student ID and log in information. Pay your tuition and fees no later than the first day of classes for the term.