Liberal Arts and Sciences

"What I’m really looking for is mental stimulation. I want to be stimulated and I want to be interested. It’s so important to keep your mental health alive as well as your physical health."

Sheila Winder
UBC Elder Scholar and Ageless Pursuits student

Gain new insights, engage in lively discussions, and develop your own informed opinions on a wide array of subjects.

Our offerings include an ever-changing variety of courses in arts, humanities, history, literature, music and public affairs taught by UBC professors and other leading experts. Find out more about topics you have always wanted to explore with the interdisciplinary perspective that liberal studies affords.

Courses and Programs


Course Name
Ageless Pursuits Week 1: Climate Change: Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Action (UT432)   
Ageless Pursuits Week 1: Culture, Health and Illness: A Look at Medical Anthropology (UT433)   
Ageless Pursuits Week 1: Johannes Brahms: Regressive, Reactionary or Progressive? (UT430)   
Ageless Pursuits Week 1: Understanding Our Family Relationships (UT431)   
Ageless Pursuits Week 2: Big Bands and Jazz Orchestras 1945-2019: New Directions (UT434)   
Ageless Pursuits Week 2: Salt, Silk, Tea: Chinese Commodities and Cargo Through the Ages (UT435)   
Ageless Pursuits Week 2: Select Masterpieces of the Louvre (UT437)   
Ageless Pursuits Week 2: The Ethics and Social Challenges of Technology and Artificial Intelligence (UT436)   
Ageless Pursuits Week 3: The Global War on Terror in the Middle East (UT440)   
Ageless Pursuits Week 3: Kant, Kierkegaard and the Emergence of Modern Existentialism (UT439)   
Ageless Pursuits Week 3: Shakespearian Comedies Revealed: Your Guide to 2019's Bard on the Beach (UT438)   
Elder Scholar: Free Information Session (UQ001)   
Elder Scholar: Greek Religion and Its Sanctuaries (UQ024)   
Elder Scholar: International Scene - Perspectives on World Events and Politics (UQ018)   
Elder Scholar: New Trends In Science, Technology, Medicine and Design (UQ019)   
One Day at UBC: Cities to the Rescue - Urban Environmental Policies and Their Role in Global Climate Policy (UQ506)   
One Day at UBC: Past, Present and Future of Turkish Politics (UQ503)   
One Day at UBC: Scandals and Extravagance - Lives of the British Aristocracy (UQ502)   
One Day at UBC: Sino-American Relations in the Age of Xi and Trump - Toward A New Cold War? (UQ509)   
One Day at UBC: Taking Uncertainty Seriously - The Emergence of Modern Philosophy (UQ505)   
One Day at UBC: The Environment, Adaptation and Natural Selection - The Story of Evolution (UQ508)   
One Day at UBC: Understanding Blockchain Technology (UQ511)   
Walking Tour: Vancouver's First Master Plan - The Making of a Modern City (UQ028)