Perspectives on Death/DyingBack to Course Guide
The course surveys current American practices with regard to the psychosocial phenomena of death and dying. Both research and experiential data are used to examine the nature of our behavioral responses to the phenomena. Attention is specifically given to ethical concerns.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:
- Describing the presence of and practices related to death and dying within various cultures, with particular emphasis upon the
- Identifying stereotypical relationships established between aging and dying.
- Describing the multidimensional nature of death anxiety.
- Examining links between death anxiety and psychosocial adjustment, i.e., coping strategies, pathology, and/or stress reactions.
- Considering trends in societal attitudes toward euthanasia.
- Exploring the responses of family, co-workers, and friends to a dying person.
- Analyzing the psychological and philosophical foundations for dying found in the predominant literature and media of the day.
- Examining the interrelationship between the process of living and dying.
- Analyzing public policies and practices related to issues of dying.
- Comparing and contrasting healthy and unhealthy grieving.
- Conducting a cross-cultural comparison of institutionalized practices for dealing with death and dying.
- Focusing on issues of dying and grieving specific to cases of suicide.
- Examining the relationship among selected demographics such as age, gender, religious preference, educational level and one’s expressed death anxiety.
- Developing a source of information for use by professionals and the public who are addressing issues of death and dying.
- Exploring areas of thanatology that require further research.
- Identifying the different cultural and religious perspectives on the meaning of death.
- Defining and explaining near-death experiences.