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SOCY 1097 Death and Dying (Fall/Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The course presents an overview of the major issues, themes, and controversies in the death and dying literature. Historical, cultural, political, economic, and psychological aspects are considered, but the emphasis is on sociological dimensions and perspectives. Among the issues to be considered are the following: historical trends in attitudes toward death, cross-cultural and historical perspectives on death, the development of children's understanding of death, health care for the dying, hospice, patient-caregiver relationship, the social role of the dying patient, funeral practices, bereavement, truth-telling and the terminal patient, suicide, assisted suicide, genocide, euthanasia, homicide, the death penalty, near-death experiences, brain death, efforts to extend the human lifespan, and social immortality.


Instructor(s): John B. Williamson

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 13-Oct-16