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Sociology

SOC 340 (US) Social Aspects of Dying, Death and Bereavement (1)

Death represents one of the great mysteries of life. In this course, we undertake an evaluation of the sociological theories and research pertaining to dying, death and bereavement. Cultural variations in these social processes are also considered. Topics include: definitions and images of death; demography and death; the dying and grieving processes; caregiving; and funeral practices. Opportunities to volunteer in the community will be available.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society; Death Cluster

Prerequisite: SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Heuser