Religion, Philosophy and Psychology

Looking for meaning? Look within.

Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? In a complex world, our religion, philosophy and psychology courses can help you ponder these big questions. Expand on your own life experience and perspectives as you search for new knowledge and ideas to shape your view of our changing world.

Our psychology courses address fascinating questions that lie at the heart of human life experiences. Why do we do the things we do? Find out in our psychology courses. In our religious studies courses, you'll learn about major world religions and contemporary religious issues, emphasizing the need to understand differences between religions in our increasingly interconnected world. Whether it is investigating the nature of happiness or the foundations of logic, philosophy asks us to use our powers of reason to answer the most significant questions about our existence.

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Humanities Program

The Humanities Diploma Program is designed to meet the needs of those members of the community who wish to follow an integrated course of full- or part-time study in the humanities, and who may need an introduction to university study. Its flexibility will enable you to choose a particular topic, theme or area of study, and to arrange a selection of day or evening courses directed towards that topic.
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The Long Journey from Head to Heart

Olav Krigolson is a neuroscientist and UVic professor, and one of our most popular instructors at Continuing Studies. In the four years he's been teaching with us, he's taught 22 courses with over 880 registrations.

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It's Time to Get Serious about Leisure

Meet John Meldrum. New to Continuing Studies, John will be teaching his first course with us, More Than Money: Making the Most of Retirement, this fall.

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Why the Early Bird Gets the Worm (and lives past 100!)

After nearly a decade working for Continuing Studies at UVic, it goes without saying that Preston Randall is an integral part of the team. He knows the division’s systems, people and workflows like the back of his hand.

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The Bright Side of the Road

For Elizabeth—or Liz, as she’s known around the office—one of the best parts of her job is meeting those members of the community who consider themselves to be lifelong learners. As a program coordinator within the Division of Continuing Studies’ Arts and Science unit, Liz coordinates the humanities courses, as well as the ever-popular Deans’ Lunchtime Lecture Series.

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Mount Everest, Monks and Brain Waves

In early May, Dr. Olav Krigolson, Neuroscientist with a PhD from the University of Victoria, journeyed to the Base Camp of Mount Everest as part of a Canadian research team conducting high-altitude research on brain function.

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Joshua Lambert

As I prepare for graduation and think about my next challenge in graduate studies, I must acknowledge that I would most likely never have attended university had it not been for the Humanities Diploma program.

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Ray Illsley

UPDATE This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 Calendar. Below, Ray updates us on what he's been doing since then...

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Renée O'Leary

I had no inkling when I started in the Humanities Diploma Program in January 2004 that I would be a health care researcher.

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Valerie Small

Valerie Small has been a prison guard, briefly considered a career in journalism, and has spent the last 17 years working in radiation therapy. So what is Small doing in the Humanities Diploma Program?

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Nan Walmsley

"Nan"Walmsley celebrates her 90th birthday this year but shows no sign of slowing down in her quest to learn new things. Since fall 1998, she has taken around 165 courses through Continuing Studies.

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