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Lifelong Learners Course Offerings

For information on the Lifelong Learning at King program, contact Glenn Sanders, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at 423.652.4842 or GESANDERS@KING.EDU.

Submit completed application to REGISTRAR@KING.EDU.

Note: Books for the classes can be purchased at or most online book retailers.

Spring 2020 Classes

This course explores current research and case studies of serial killers and mass murders. Topics of discussion will include profiling, behavioral case studies, typologies, the history of these phenomena, and our culture’s fascination with this behavior.

An examination of representative Victorian novels, considered in the light of their literary and cultural significance.

A survey of the history of western art through investigation of the architecture, painting, and sculpture from the Paleolithic Age through the Renaissance.

This class covers American history from the Seven Years War to the conclusion of the War of 1812. Major topics include the causes of the American Revolution, the successful American war effort, the creation of the Constitution, the tumultuous politics of the Early Republic, and transformations regarding slavery, Native American relations, and the status of women.

An in-depth historical exploration of Christianity’s primary text.

A study of philosophical and religious theories of ethics and of their application to selected problems.

An exploration of the basic tools, techniques, and aesthetics of digital photography help students learn to see photographically an emphasis on the creative use of camera controls, exposure, digital imaging software, and basic output techniques.

This two-course sequence examines political thought from the Greeks to the 20th century, including prominent thinkers such as Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Locke.

An introductory survey of the major areas of current psychology such as the scientific method, the biological bases for behavior, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, language and thought, motivation and emotion, life-span development, personality, stress and coping, psychological disorders, psychotherapy, and social behavior. Emphasis on the methods of obtaining reliable knowledge of human behavior and cross-cultural perspectives on that research and theory.

An analysis of the ways in which the social environment influences thought, affect, and behavior. Topics covered include how we perceive our social world and the causes of events, stereotyping and prejudice, attitude formation and change, group processes, close relationships, self-concept and self-esteem. Emphasis is on the use of both theory and research to understand the social influences on why we think, feel, and behave the way we do.

A study of the growth and development of the individual from conception to death, with emphasis on the multidimensional nature of development (physical, cognitive, emotional, and social), paying special attention to diversity in individual life paths and the multiple interacting contextual influences on development (biological, psychological, social, community, societal, cultural, and historical).

A general survey of Christian thought and practice utilizing both the biblical text and human witness.

This course is an exploration of historical and contemporary understandings of death and dying, with special attention on how religious values and cultural frameworks shape experiences of dying, death, and bereavement, and how the inevitability of death encourages intentional and meaningful living. Topics may include attitudes about death and dying, the funeral industry, suicide, euthanasia, hospice and palliative care, near death experiences, what constitutes a “good death,” and the grieving process.

This course surveys the development of theatre from its ritualistic beginnings through the Renaissance, with specific attention given to theatrical elements of audience, actor, stage scenery, theatre architecture, literature, and the relation of each to the social and intellectual environment of each style period.