SOCI244-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

On Death and Dying: Current Controversies in Thanatology

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


'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.


15 points of SOCI or ANTH at 100 level; OR 45 points in related subjects with the approval of the Head of Department.


SOCI344, POLS404

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 465 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Ruth McManus


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Group Report 07 Aug 2018 20%
Essay one 24 Aug 2018 30%
Class trip attendance 5%
Tutorial preparation and participation 5%
Research essay 40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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