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BSU Senior College

BSU Senior College: lifelong learning for mature adults

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Keep Learning! Keep Growing!

Bridgewater State University’s new Senior College offers intellectually stimulating seminars and courses for mature learners (50+). Our six-week courses foster creativity, self-discovery and peer education.

Affordable: Participants select up to 3 courses per semester for only $55.00 per person, per semester.

Led by Experts: Courses led by BSU emeritus faculty, full and part-time faculty, and other distinguished educators in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

Senior College is where adults can enjoy learning in a relaxed community of peers among leading scholars and experts who share their interests in exploring both current and historical topics and traditional disciplines. Our members come from all walks of life and bring diverse backgrounds to the classroom setting.

Fall 2019 Courses

Courses meet at the Bridgewater Public Library (Flora T. Little Room), 15 South Street, Bridgewater, MA

Parking is located behind the library and the facility is handicapped accessible.

Individual course descriptions listed after contact information.

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September 9 to October 21

Mondays 9 - 10:20 am

Community Engagement at the Local Government Level

Mondays 10:30 - 11:50 am

What are Rights? A Historical Look at the Origins of Constitutional Rights and Philosophical Theories  [CLASS FULL]

Wednesdays 12 - 1:20 pm

Debunking Common Nutrition Myths: How to Implement Effective Eating Strategies for Good Health [CLASS FULL]

Wednesdays 1:30 - 2:50 pm

Living on Purpose: Building & Maintaining Meaningful Relationships When Work Ends

October 28 to December 9

Mondays 9 - 10:20 am

A Panoramic View of the United States in the 1960’s

Mondays 10:30 - 11:50 am

Election 2020: The Issues That Will Drive the Campaign [CLASS FULL]

Wednesdays 12 - 1:20 pm

A History of Bridgewater Over 350 Years: How did we get to where we are today?

Wednesdays 1:30 - 2:50 pm

Overload: Making Meaning in a Mass Media World

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Contact information:

Jennifer Reid, Director, College of Continuing Studies

Bridgewater State University
Moakley Center
100 Burrill Ave, Room 211
Bridgewater, MA 02325

Course Descriptions

Debunking Common Nutrition Myths: How to Implement Effective Eating Strategies for Good Health
Kathleen Laquale            

Get your nutrition questions answered in this interactive course.  Stop falling prey to fad diets and labeling foods as good or bad. Learn how to manage your dietary intake so that you're properly fueling your body while meeting your age-related nutrient status. Label reading, portion sizes, dietary supplements, shopping tips and meal planning are some of the many topics to be discussed. Learn strategies and tips that keep you on the right path well past the course end date!   Lecture, class activities and lively discussions will be the teaching style reflected in each weekly class. 

What Are Rights? A Historical Look at the Origins of Constitutional Rights and Philosophical Theories Aeon Skoble   

Our Constitution includes a Bill of Rights, but what exactly are rights?  Where do they come from?  This course will examine both the historical origins of Constitutional rights and the different philosophical theories that are used to justify such claims.  We will look at different conceptions of the relation between rights and authority, the relation between legal and moral rights, and the concept of human rights.  The course will be a mix of lecture and discussion.  There will be recommendations for supplemental reading but no required text.

Living on Purpose: Building & Maintaining Meaningful Relationships When Work Ends   
Ross Deluca

As workers near retirement age, it’s important to anticipate the changes we could be facing as our roles change.  Most workers say that their friendships center around their job responsibilities.  Keeping relationships alive, continuing to make goals and working towards your personal objectives is vital to well-being and happiness.  Our course will provide an opportunity for self-assessment and offer an examination of some of the current thinking around the idea of how personal relationships connect to self-fulfillment. Then, we’ll look at some of the ways we can establish trust and friendships by building communication skills – all while bringing forth our authentic selves.

Election 2020 – The Issues That Will Drive the Campaign
Michael Kryzanek           

The 2020 national elections will be shaped by a series of public policy issues that voters should become familiar with and make decisions about as they cast their ballot for candidates at both the state and national level. During each session there will be an in depth discussion of two national issues including background and history, competing points of view and proposed solutions by candidates running for office. Issues such as immigration, abortion, gun rights, climate change, health care, race relations, gay rights, energy, poverty, national defense, Russia and China will be addressed. The issues will be presented in a balanced manner with ample time for discussion and problem solving. The teaching style will be largely lecture with some handouts distributed and visual displays. Participants in the course will gain a more thorough understanding of the issues that will define the candidates and the electoral process.

A Panoramic View of the United States in the 1960's       
Erin Redihan     

This course will offer a panoramic look at a decade that looms large in American memory. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and use of the Tom Brokaw documentary 1968, we will look back on the 1960s and arrive at some of the reasons why these years continue to evoke such strong nostalgia. Recommended reading will be James Patterson’s Eve of Destruction: How 1965 transformed America. The course will take a topical yet roughly chronological approach like how Patterson arranged his work and cover the following topics.

Overload: Making Meaning in a Mass Media World         
Bernard Farwell

This course is designed to give an in-depth knowledge of how mass media shapes and reshapes thoughts, attitudes and behavior. Brings desired expertise to professional responsibilities and personal opportunities. This course explores the theories and data documenting the impact of mass media and examines the positive and negative effects of different media content on various individuals to help tailor decision making and execute solutions. Discusses the moral, ethical, values and future innovations and the global implications.

Community Engagement at the Local Government Level              
Nick Pirelli          

Participants will learn about changing community demographics, organization of local government services, and discover how to promote engagement across all levels of your community. Participants will engage in discussions on how communities can meet the needs of the next generation of adults.  The course threads civic action, activism, social cohesion.

A History of Bridgewater over 350 Years: How did we get to where we are today?              
David Moore     

The purpose of the class will be to acquaint students with Bridgewater’s past and what makes our town, as it is today. Classes will consist of the presentation and discussion of slides, books and map material representing the town over the 350 years. Focus will be on the connection between local and world historical facts and impact on the people who lived within the community.