MIDCOAST — A varied roster of fall classes which include gaining insight into life in North Korea, engaging in a facilitated discussion of Ken Burns’ Vietnam War documentary, becoming a better cribbage player, and exploring sea stories of New England mariners offers stimulating learning opportunities for both new and returning members of Coastal Senior College.

“Environmental Law and Policy Choices Facing Maine,” taught by veteran CSC instructor Bruce Rockwood, is offered on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. This 7-week class reviews major environmental issues in Maine and addresses possible changes of environmental policies by the EPA head and climate change science.

Four courses are offered on Tuesday mornings: “Taxing Your Patience” aims to help you avoid some of the stress of doing your taxes and also saves you from paying more tax than required. William Dashiell will offer expert guidance and answer questions during this 5-week class.

In “Luke: The First Church Historian” students will explore how Luke expanded on Mark’s gospel and how he went about crafting an account of the early decades of the Christian communities. Byron Stuhlman, theologian and CSC instructor, teaches this course from 10 a.m. to noon for 8 weeks.

Also teaching from 10 a.m. to noon is Reny Stackpole, Maine maritime historian. His 8-week course, “New England and the Sea,” traces the life and adventures of mariners from 1620 to 1900, using both text and visual illustrations.

A fourth class from 10 a.m. to noon for five weeks is “All Men Are Created Equal.” Instructor Rolf Winkes, who has published widely on Greek and Roman art and architecture, leads students in investigations of the impact of Greek and Roman art, architecture, and culture on the art and architecture during the time of 18th- and 19th-century revolutions.

Four courses meet on Wednesdays: From 10 a.m. to noon for 6 weeks, moderators and attorneys Robert Stephan and Harold Schramm host area attorneys with expertise in various topics, including elder law and estate planning, real estate, and criminal justice.

For six classes from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., nationally-rated competitive cribbage player Larry Hatch welcomes students (beginners and beyond) to his hands-on course, “Cribbage: How to Play Winning Cribbage and Have Fun.”

For those interested in how cultural history shapes the things we fear, Susan Emmanuel, media studies teacher and educational TV producer, offers “Haunted: What We Fear and Why” for eight Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

Caroline Janover, educator, author, and CSC writing instructor offers ”Memoir Writing: Crafting Your Own Story from a Kaleidoscope of Memories” for six Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

On Thursday, students also have four courses from which to choose. John and Maryanne Ward, humanities professors, offer “David Copperfield: Artful Autobiography or Shameless Self-Promotion” for six meetings from 10 a.m. to noon. Students will discuss Dickens’ use of his own experiences as the basis for memorable fictions.

Richard MacIntyre, who has enlightened students at Belfast Senior College, offers “The Unknown People of North Korea” on eight Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Come to class to gain a better understanding of life in North Korea.

Charmarie Blaisdell, historian, instructor, and a founding member of CSC, offers “It Wasn’t Just Luther! Politics and Society in Early Modern Europe” for eight weeks from 1 to 4 p.m. Through lecture, reading, discussion, and film, students will examine 16th-century rulers, leaders, society, and beliefs.

The fourth course offered on Thursdays is “On the Road to Where – Again,” by instructor Bob Smith, who has been not only a tool-master apprentice but also a professor at Rutgers. For seven weeks from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., students will consider humankind’s journey and use 14 prewritten dialogs to spark discussion.

A trio of classes rounds out the week on Fridays. From 10 a.m. to noon for six weeks, Michael Uhl, writer, author, and a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army commanding a combat intelligence team with the 11th Infantry in Vietnam, offers “Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Documentary; A Facilitated Discussion.” Students who take this class are urged to watch the series; key themes and events addressed by the filmmakers will kick-off each class discussion.

From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for seven weeks, instructor Ann Nesslage, whose expertise includes British, Irish, and Welsh literature and mythology, offers “Within the Green Hills: Heroes, Magic, and Transformation in Early Irish Literature.” Students will read myths and sagas that were collected in the 11th and 12th centuries and discuss how writers like William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney retell and reflect upon the early tales.

The third class offered on Friday is “Where Are My Keys? A Journey into the Aging Mind,” by Paul Somoza, who has taught several courses for CSC. This course quickly filled to capacity last spring in Newcastle; this fall it meets in Camden for eight weeks from 1 to 3 p.m.

Classes are $35 each; annual membership is $25. Registration begins Sept. 6. All classes meet during the daytime in various locations in Knox and Lincoln counties.

To read complete descriptions, locations, and instructor biographies for fall trimester classes, and to learn how to register for a class – or classes – visit www.coastalseniorcollege.org, or pick up a print catalog at many local businesses and libraries in Knox and Lincoln counties.