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SOC 207 UNDERSTANDING DEATH AND DYING

SOC 207 Understanding Death and Dying

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  SOC 207 Understanding Death and Dying

Credit Hours:  3.0                             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in SOC 101 or permission from the instructor

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course takes a close look at aspects of the dying process in such situations as murder, suicide, capital punishment, and grief.  It examines the thoughts, feelings, and actions of the dying and those affected by death so that the student can gain greater insight into the subtle relationships these factors have with each other and with death.  This course is designed for all students seeking better understanding of death and the process of bereavement in contemporary society and other cultures across the world.

General Education Goals: SOC 207 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows: Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.  SOC 207 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goals: Ethical Reasoning and Action and Information Literacy, which are respectively as follows: Students will understand ethical issues and situations; and Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts and sociological theories of society and culture relative to death and dying;
  2. explain society and human behavior by applying various sociological concepts;
  3. identify and describe historical death rituals and contemporary rituals in cultures across the world;
  4. identify and describe health care institutions and various treatments for the terminally ill;
  5. discuss the laws, ethical issues and current end-of-life decisions concerning death and dying practices;
  6. identify and discuss various models of grief, bereavement, and mourning; and
  7. discuss different religions and their views about the afterlife, body disposition, immortality and  funerals.