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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 476 - Death and Dying

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Death and dying is a universal human event. This course considers how individuals and societies develop ways of coping with death on a personal and on a societal level. Additional areas of focus include health care decisions, grief, suicide, homicide and terrorism. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify his/her attitudes regarding death and dying
  • Develop an awareness regarding anticipatory loss and grief
  • Review society’s decisions regarding terminal care and health care resource allocation

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Introduction (1 class)
  • Attitudes toward death (1 class)
  • Pattern of death and dying: then and now Displacement of death from the home (1 class)
  • Expressions of attitudes toward death Language, humor, mass media, music, literature, visual arts (1 class)
  • Pioneers in death studies The rise of death education, the response to AIDS (1 class)
  • Perspectives on death: cross cultural and historical Death in early and traditonal cultures, death and dying in western culture, four cultural case studies, Native American, African American, Mexican American and Japanese American traditions (2 classes)
  • Break class in groups for projects (1 class)
  • Terminal illness-pain and suffering Reactions of the terminally ill, family reactions, Grief: the reaction to loss, Hospice (1 class)
  • Knowing when to stop A cross-cultural perspective to the funeral ritual, What is a living will? Power of Attorney (2 classes)
  • Guest speaker-Oncologists’ perspective (1 class)
  • Guest speaker-Nurse Clinician (1 class)
  • Test (1 class)
  • It is important to talk about the end of life (1 class)
  • Guest speaker-The perspective of a medical ethicist (2 classes)
  • Guest speaker-The perspective of the clergy (1 class)
  • Guests-Families who have lost children (1 class)
  • Guest-The problem of trauma induced stress (1 class)
  • Guest-The perspective of a funeral director and mortician (1 class)
  • Student Projects (6 classes)

Jan Fertig

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