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Death and Dying

SOC 248
Spring 2016 not offered
Course Cluster: Health Studies, Urban Studies

Nothing is as certain in life as the inevitability of death. However, our beliefs about death, the extent to which we accept or deny it, and the manner in which we handle it are socially, culturally, and historically variable. In this course, we will utilize classic and contemporary texts, as well as films, memoirs, and fictional accounts, to explore death and dying from a sociological perspective. We will examine the socially constructed nature of death-related beliefs and practices and the ways in which those beliefs and practices differ cross-culturally and over time. We will also take a critical look at how death is portrayed in popular culture in the United States and how issues of class, race, and gender affect those portrayals. Finally, we will spend a good deal of attention on the politicization of death and the wide range of mechanisms through which death can take on meaning with profound political and social import (e.g., abortion, terrorism, mass shootings, euthanasia, etc.).
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS SOC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SOC)

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