SOCI244

On Death and Dying: Current Controversies in Thanatology

15 points

Not offered 2021, offered in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020

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Description

'On Death and Dying' introduces students to this most pervasive yet under-examined aspect of social life. Students will be given the opportunity to explore death, dying and bereavement from a sociological point of view. We will explore the different and complex ways people attend to death through a guided programme that includes a study of the notion of sequestered death, the body in death, the social stratification of death, customary practices past and present including Aotearoa/New Zealand, death and medicine, good death/bad death, near death experiences, ghosts, euthanasia, suicide, the funeral profession, grief and mourning, memento mori, mass death, death and the media/popular culture.

Pre-requisites

Any 15 points at 100 level from ANTH or
SOCI, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.

Restrictions

SOCI344, POLS404