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PFA 066 – Survey Of Jewish Culture

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven..." (Ecclesiastes). This class will focus on how Jews celebrate and give meaning to life's turning points and Rites of Passage. Learn how the Jewish people celebrate these events and give them meaning. You will examine these rituals on both a personal and a communal level. Topics will include birth-Brit, Shalom Zachar, Pdyon Ha Ben, baby naming; coming of age-Bar/Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, marriage, divorce, and remembering.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify and evaluate major historical contributions made by Jewish culture to the development of Western societies.
2. Discuss with new insights how Jewish culture has affected Middle Eastern cultures and civilizations.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of Jewish traditions and literature.

PFA 068 – Psychology In Modern Life

Examine inter-ethnic disputes from the standpoint of individual psychology. Investigate how what we think and feel about world events helps maintain and sustain longstanding disputes. Study the psychic mechanisms which cause us to distort the world, including projection, displacement, denial, and rationalization. Psychodynamic theories and the exploration of positive traits will be discussed.

PFA 084 – Fundamentals Of Textile Finishing

Learn the basic techniques and skills needed to produce clothing and other fabric articles by hand and/or machine. Topics include pattern layout, proper fitting handling natural and synthetic fabrics, professional finishing and hand and machine stitching techniques.

Course Objectives:
1. Lay out a pattern to account for grain, bias, plaid, warp and woof, and to maximize use of fabric.
2. Fit garments using pattern alterations, individual measurements and personal fitting.
3. Analyze the appropriate characteristics of synthetic and natural fibers for specific projects.
4. Demonstrate techniques to produce a professional appearance for the finished article.
5. Use proper stitches (by hand or machine) needed for a variety of seam finishes such as facings, hems, blind seams, overcast seams, French seams, stay stitches, and decorative stitches.

PFA 130 – Design And Production Of Marketable Crafts For Senior Adults

Learn to produce marketable craft items. Discover how to use everyday objects and materials to create beautiful art, the techniques involved in producing craft items and helpful definitions and terminology.

Course Objectives:
1. create craft items from everyday objects and materials,
2. produce marketable craft items,
3. demonstrate an understanding of vocabulary associated with fiber and graphic crafts.

PFA 168 – Comparative Religions: Historical & Cultural Perspectives

Become familiar with the various religious traditions around the world. Topics include religious philosophical principles that underlie differing traditions, historical and cultural perspectives of these religions and their effect on ancient and modern societies, religious philosophy, cross-cultural implications, historical events and cultural changes.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the principle similarities and differences among world religious traditions.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of how these traditions have historically and culturally shaped world society.

PFA 191 – Learning about Contemporary Issues And Ideas

Analyze and evaluate current issues and ideas that influence contemporary American society. View political situations, economic conditions and cultural issues as well as local, national and international news.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify current issues and ideas.
2. Analyze and evaluate these issues and ideas more effectively.
3. Examine solutions to problems that emerge from class discussion and debate.
4. Articulate these informal ideas to others.

PFA 195 – MUSIC EDUCATION

Course Objectives:
1. Name and describe the works of several composers.
2. Recognize several musical styles.
3. Identify musical instruments.

PFA 488 – Ethical Dilemmas in the Bible

Examine ethical dilemmas in the Bible and their influence on life today. Topics include dysfunctional families in the eras of the patriarchs and matriarchs, Jacob and the birthright and Abraham and Noah a study in contrast.

Course Objectives:
1. Discuss certain ethical dilemmas found in the early books of the Bible.
2. Compare modern behavior with the basic behavior patterns reflected with specific dysfunctional families of biblical times.
3. Explain the story of Jacob and the birthright.
4. Contrast the lives of Abraham and Noah.

PFA 510 – Better Health and Wellness for Senior Adults

Strive to improve health and wellness through education and lifestyle awareness training. Investigate health concepts and practices from the cardiovascular system through body composition and balance, and learn how nutrition and behavior modification can have a positive effect.

Course Objectives:
1. define the six dimensions of wellness and the components of physical fitness,
2. discuss the value of physical activity and nutrition,
3. demonstrate an understanding of health and safety precautions,
4. describe ways of incorporating health and wellness into one's lifestyle,
5. demonstrate techniques for self-assessment and lifestyle behavior modification, and
6. identify the nutrients and lifestyles important to cardiovascular health and muscle strength.

PFA 511 – Better Health and Wellness for Senior Adults

This course is designed to improve health and wellness through education and lifestyle awareness training. Topics to be covered include: health concepts and practices, the cardiovascular system, muscle strength and endurance, coordination and balance, body composition, nutrition and behavior modification.

Course Objectives:
1. define the six dimensions of wellness and the components of physical fitness,
2. discuss the value of physical activity and nutrition,
3. demonstrate an understanding of health and safety precautions,
4. describe ways of incorporating health and wellness into one's lifestyle, and
5. demonstrate techniques for self-assessment and lifestyle behavior modification.

PFA 516 – Learning About Contemporary Issues and Ideas

This course is designed to help the adult senior student increase his/her awareness about current issues and ideas that influence contemporary American society. The student will learn how to analyze and evaluate these issues and ideas through lecture, discussion, and debate. Topics to be covered include: racial-ethnic matters, economic conditions, political situations, cultural issues, and international issues.

Course Objectives:
1. identify current issues and ideas,
2. analyze and evaluate these issues and ideas more effectively,
3. examine solutions to problems that emerged from class discussion and debate, and
4. articulate these informal ideas to others.

PFA 524 – Better Health and Wellness for Senior Adults

Get on the road to feeling better. Regardless of age or physical condition, you can acquire information about cardio-vascular, physical health, the scientific foundations of physical conditioning, and how to apply these concepts through calisthenics and exercise.

Course Objectives:
1. define the six dimensions of wellness and the components of physical fitness,
2. discuss the value of physical activity and nutrition,
3. demonstrate an understanding of health and safety precautions,
4. describe ways of incorporating health and wellness into one's lifestyle,
5. demonstrate techniques for self-assessment and lifestyle behavior modification, and
6. identify the nutrients and lifestyles important for cardiovascular health and muscle strength.

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