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PSYC 340 Understanding Death and Dying

This course examines the many meanings death has for individuals. Its goals are to convey information, stimulate thought and promote a deeper awareness of this subject through readings from literature (fiction, poetry and essays) and humanistic psychology. Topics include death as an idea, death anxiety, children and death, the dying process, grief and loss, death metaphors, suicide, and longevity, survival and immortality.

Prerequisites

4 Undergraduate credits

Effective March 12, 1996 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes

General

  • Evaluation of the perspective will be made by analyzing historical work in literature, philosophy and religion
  • Students will evaluate the historical perspective of death and dying as well as social and cultural similarities and differences within these topics
  • Students will learn the approaches to the study of death and dying
  • The psychological perspective will be compared to other approaches to these topics

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Spring 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Understanding Death and Dying Bartholomay, Brian S Books Course details

Summer 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Understanding Death and Dying Bartholomay, Brian S Books Course details

Fall 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Understanding Death and Dying Bartholomay, Brian S Books Course details