SOCI344-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

On Death and Dying: Current Controversies in thanatology

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 26 July 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 September 2019


'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 funereal profession, grief and mourning, memento mori, mass death, death and the media/popular culture.


30 points of SOCI including 15 points at 200 level; OR 30 points of SOCI or
ANTH at 200 level; OR 60 points in related subjects including 30 points at 200 level with the approval of the Head of Department.


SOCI244, POLS404

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 465 22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Ruth McManus


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Group report 05 Aug 2019 20% In lecture report produced during the structured controversy session
Essay one 23 Aug 2019 30%
Class trip 20 Sep 2019 20% Evaluation of class members' attitudes to death as a consequence of trip to funeral home. 1500 words (via LEARN portal)
Research essay project 01 Nov 2019 30% Final assessment (via LEARN portal)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,523.00

International fee $6,375.00

* 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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