Course Abstract Details

PSYC-195, Death and Dying - Honors

Credits: 3

Course Description

PSYC-195, Death and Dying-Honors, takes an in-depth and interdisciplinary approach to the study of death and dying. Students will have an opportunity to explore this final stage of development from various perspectives, cultures, and spiritual realms. The course will focus on the dying process, death rituals, the grieving process, bereavement practices, and theories and beliefs regarding the afterlife. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course is meant to provide students with an opportunity to learn and demonstrate a heightened knowledge and understanding of the following: 

1. Attitudes toward death and dying as part of socialization; cultural and ethnic differences(PG 4) (GE 1,4,6,7) 

2. Clinical perspectives on attitudes toward death and dying; the meaning of death(PG 4) (GE 1,6) 

3. Legal and ethical issues related to death (PG 1,2) (GE 1,7) 

4. The process of mourning and the dynamics of grief (PG 1) (GE 1,6) 

5. Social practices related to death and dying (hospice, palliative care, funeral and burial practices) (PG 4) (GE 1,2,4,6,7)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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