Study sampler: A day with Continuing Studies

Explore the school’s eclectic public programs with a one-day, four-session mix

UVic's Continuing Studies

UVic's Continuing Studies

If an expanded breadth of knowledge is among your goals for 2017, Continuing Studies at the University of Victoria has the solution: One Day at UVic.

Coming up Saturday, Jan. 21, this one-day sampler features four 65-minute sessions covering topics from health and wellness to science, music and current affairs.

The day runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. in UVic’s Continuing Studies Building, and the $59 fee (plus tax) includes all sessions, coffee/tea and lunch, says Janet McDonald, Continuing Studies’ program co-ordinator, Arts & Science Programs.

“The idea is to offer a sample of the different kinds of courses we offer through Continuing Studies,” McDonald says. “I think the hope is to spread the word about Continuing Studies to get the word out that this is what we do.”

The Division of Continuing Studies offers more than 200 credit and non-credit courses each term, exploring a wide range of subjects. The varied calendar includes everything from Birding Basics and Finnish for Beginners to diploma and certificate programs.

It’s the first year for the sampler session, launched by former dean Maureen MacDonald and acting dean Richard Rush, who had both seen similar events in other universities, McDonald says.

The sampler includes four sessions, some previews of coming courses, others encore samplers of the department’s most well-received courses from the last few years.

Many sessions are research-inspired from Division of Continuing Studies instructors and the wider UVic faculty.

The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with The Hidden World of Whales, with Rianna Burnham, followed by John Lucas’ Anything Goes: An Hour with Cole Porter from 10:55 a.m. to noon.

After a lunch break, Re-framing Stress as an Opportunity for Growth with Maryse Neilson begins at 12:45 p.m., before the day closes with 1917-2017: The Rolling World War I Centenary, and the Making of the Modern Middle East with Andrew Wender.

“Come out and have a look and see what we’re all about,” McDonald says.

Register for One Day at UVic by Friday, Jan. 20. For details and registration, visit