SOCW 4315 Death and Dying

The course explores social, psychological and biological processes of death, dying, and bereavement. It includes processes that define the role of the dying and the status of being dead in our society and in other cultures of the world. Topics include cross-cultural practices related to death, funerals, burial rituals, suicide, terminal illness, and care systems that attend the dying. Other topics include the concept and treatment of pain, and medical, legal and ethical values related to death and terminal illness in contemporary society. The study of death and dying often includes a journey that is intellectual and scholarly on one hand, emotional and experiential on the other. The fusing of these elements offers a comprehensive understating of our individual and collective mortality. (Same as SOCI 4315)