The Life Institute (Ryerson University Continuing Education)



We offer ...Lifelong learning, leadership and personal growth opportunities for adults 50+
The LIFE Institute delivers high quality educational programs for older adults covering a wide variety of subjects in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Technology and Contemporary Issues. Many of our courses are led by LIFE volunteers. These "Moderator-led Courses" are an excellent opportunity for members who are seeking leadership opportunities to prepare and direct a course; class participants may also be asked to research and present a topic. We also offer "Lecture Courses", which are given by a professor or acknowledged expert in the field. Lecture Courses usually include a question and answer period, and may include a reading list. 

We have ...A caring, inclusive community for educational enrichment
Our core goal is to offer exceptional educational experiences for older adults, regardless of their educational background or special needs. Every effort is made to accommodate members with physical or hearing difficulties, and some financial assistance is also available. Contact our Ombuddy for more information. 

We support ...Opportunities for innovation in life-long learning
The LIFE Institute is affiliated with Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education in a synergistic relationship. Our members receive a true "campus" experience with access to lecturers, first-rate facilities and services, including Ryerson's library, sports centre and a dedicated computer education lab (CEL). And, as the largest of the Chang School's Programs for 50+, the LIFE Institute is an influential partner in Ryerson's Continuing Education community. Each year we build on our existing partnership with Ryerson by contributing funds for programs, services and equipment that are priorities for LIFE and 50+ Learners. In this way LIFE continues to strengthen its leadership position and ensure new learning opportunities for older adults well into the future. 

We are ...A not-for-profit, volunteer-run charity
Our membership plays a vital role in our continuing existence: it is our members' skills, leadership and desire for personal growth that are responsible for the operation and administration of the Institute. Our members are actively encouraged to participate in the many facets of LIFE, by volunteering to help at social events, becoming a class liaison,helping in the office, serving on a committeemoderating a course, or becoming a Member of the Board of Directors.

Exploring Beethoven with Bob Fabian (New Course)

The course will selectively explore the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. It will also examine the composers and patrons who influenced him, and the musicians whom he influenced. While listening to the music will be the main focus, we will also put that music in a social, economic and ... read full description

Limited to 40 participants (sorry...full)
Dates:Oct. 4 – Nov. 15 (6 sessions, no class Oct. 18)
Time:Tuesdays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Course Number:F28
Moderator/s:Bob Fabian
Term:Fall 2016
class full

God, Genius and the Great Composers: Pt. 1

This course, back for a repeat performance, explores the phenomenon of creative genius through the lives, attitudes, and the timeless music of eight great composers: Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, and Mahler. Rather than an in-depth analysis of the music itself, the ... read full description
Limited to 70 participants
Dates:Oct. 17 – Dec. 5 (8 sessions)
Time:Mondays, 2:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Location:Textile Museum, 55 Centre Avenue (Near St. Patrick Subway Station)
Course Number:F11
Lecture/s:Tom Plewman
Term:Fall 2016