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Fall 2012

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HUS130 - Death & Dying
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Provides a basic background on historical and contemporary perspectives on death and dying. Examines current practices regarding death in the US. Emphasizes the special situation of the terminally ill and bereaved.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1.Describe three factors which have affected familiarity with death in American culture.
2.Identify and describe two end of life issues and the corresponding ethical considerations.*
3.Define three stages of the grief-work model.
4.Identify and discuss at least one of the primary theories of suicide.
5.Name two sociocultural, psychological or historical variables that impact an individual's attitude toward death.
6.Describe a minimum of two common symptoms experienced during the last days of life and a minimum of two common symptoms at the time of death.
7.Define the difference between palliative care and hospice care.
8.Identify two potential future impacts on current customs and practices surrounding death and dying.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.




Content Outline:
1. Death and Dying Study and Familiarity with Death Changes

2. Sociocultural Influences on Death Perception

3. Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Death

4. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Death

5. Death Attitudes and the Life Cycle

6. Death and Dying: Contemporary Issues

7. Ethics and Euthanasia

8. Institutions for Dying

9. Hospice

10. The Dying Process

11. Grief and Mourning

12. Suicide

13. The Funeral

14. Afterlife and Near Death Experiences




Effective Term: Fall 2012