Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

South Coast Senior College

Filter by Category

Our Classes

Two Sides to Every Issue


with Mike Berkowitz

Calendar Mar 17, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Abortion, Citizens United, welfare, health care, free speech, freedom of religion, vouchers, Affirmative Action, gun control, taxes, censorship, the news,inequality, prisons, and justice...The Left argues one way; the Right, another.  We'll consider the merits of the two sides of each issue, and then we'll discuss what we should be doing.

Mike taught in day care centers, fifth grade, special education, and two colleges before finding his niche at senior colleges.  He enjoys using psychology and videos to help stimulate discussion about the world we live in.

Book Club - Spring


with Arlene Jackson

Calendar Mar 29, 2021 at 10 am

Attention readers!! Arlene will be discussing four books this spring.

March 29: The American Lion  by Jon Meacham

April 19:  The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

May 10:    Arundel by Kenneth Roberts

June 28:   Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Arlene is a popular book club instructor . She has taught courses at SCSC as well as YCSC.

Russia: From Gorbachev to Putin


with Arlene Jackson

Calendar Mar 30, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 8 weeks

Let us visit the biggest country in the world. We will investigate the demographics, culture, government, education, way of life, foreign policy along with its arts and literature. This will be an intractive course with lots of discussion and valuable informaqtion that we need to know as United States citizens. It will be enhanced with a Powerpoint presentation that gives us a  glimpse of what is going on now.

Arlene Jackson is well known for her China course at SCSC as well as courses at YCSC

Will run

Remembering the 50s


with Lorraine Masure

Calendar Apr 2, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 8 weeks

One part history, one part personal recollections, one part music:  a return to another time – the golden age of capitalism versus the encroaching concern of communism.  At home, happy days, I Like Ike and I Love Lucy, The King and I (no; not Elvis).  And, of course,that ever-pesky, sinful rock and roll parental barter:  “Take out the papers and the trash. Or you don’t get no spendin’ cash.”  “Yakety, yak, don’t talk back.”

Lorraine Dutile Masure has led senior college courses about Broadway musicals across four academic venues during the past eight years. She continues to delight connecting with seniors and discussing the alluring world of music and theatre.

Historical Fiction: Arundel by Kenneth Roberts


with Steve Thornley

Calendar Apr 5, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

 In 1775, the Second Continental Congress authorized the Continental Army to invade British-occupied Canada with the aim of eliminating a continuing threat to New England and New York and obtaining French-Canadian assistance in helping obtain our independence. We’ll read “Arundel” by local author Kenneth Roberts, a work of historical fiction, which chronicles the march through Maine by that part of the invasion force led by Benedict Arnold, and the ensuing Battle of Quebec. Roberts reintroduces us to popular characters from “Northwest Passage”. Join us in reading and discussing this little-known episode from the American Revolution. We plan to read “Rabble in Arms” and “Oliver Wiswell” in future courses.

Steve is an artist, photographer, graphic designer, historian, teacher, and lifelong learner

Will run

Beginning Guitar


with Bruce Bjork

Calendar Apr 10, 2021 at 12 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Have you ever wanted to play guitar? Bruce will be teaching semi-private lessons this semester. His focus will be on proper hand technique (left and right), learning the fingerboard, note quality (birth-breath-finish), basic music theory and understanding how this stuff fits together. We will be covering scales (diatonic major and minor, blues scale et.) simple tunes and how to build songs out of these scale lessons. Limit 2 students per session. Series of 10 classes. 

Bruce Bjork has been playing guitar for more than 55 years, banjo, dobro for more than 30 years and pedal steel since 2017. He hosts an open mic at SoMe Brewery in York and has been teaching guitar since 2015 as part of the Guitars4Vets program; music therapy for combat veterans. This will be his third semester at South Coast Senior College.

Will run

A Landscape of the Divine: Religions of the World


with Paul Doherty

Calendar May 7, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

In this six session comparative religion course, we will explore the history, beliefs, and teachings of major world religions, from Judaism, Christianity and Islam, to Buddhism and Hinduism. And, hopoefully we will not only learn what makes them different, but  more importantly what nthey might have in common to possible enrich our own spiritual paths.

Paul Doherty is retired from teaching, broadcasting, and ministry. He is now enjoying this time of life by enriching his own knowledge, spiritual and otherwise. He gratefully shares the fruits of this gift



God and Politics


with Ian Kaiser

Calendar Jun 3, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

As a Businessman, Pastor, and City Manager, I have been passionate about making a difference in the communities I have lived and worked in.  I have wrestled with change within a culture that resists change. I believe an examination of our history in light of our beliefs and changing culture can move forward toward a more perfect union. 


At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, this course draws upon history to offer a new perspective on God and politics. Religion shapes our public life.  We will explore how our nation grapples with faith and government.  How did our Founders and great leaders know where the work of God stopped and common and reason began?  By exploring our history through the eye of Washington through Ronald Reagan,  from the Declaration of Independence to The Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther King and beyond, we will gain clarity on how their beliefs shaped our country.


Part I


June 3:  Faith and Freedom 

June 10:Fortune Fear and First Colonies


June 17: The Revolution, the Constitution, and the Creation of Presidency


June 24:L The Civil War Lincoln and Darwin.

Forgot password?
Staff Log In