SOCI 0337 - Death and Dying

Credits: 3

A general understanding of applied sociological concepts of, and perspectives on, death and dying as related to society and communities in U.S. society. We will critically engage "Death and the Sociological Imagination" as we explore the socio-historical meaning of death over the past couple of centuries and how death itself has become a booming industry in the United States. This course will explore the many dimensions of the social space of death and dying. We will make broad use of history, social psychology, and cultural studies as they intersect with the field of sociology in order to better understand the many complexities of death and dying in our social landscape today. By the end of this course, you should be thinking crucially about death and dying, including the way political, social, religious, and cultural history has shaped death.

Prerequisites: SOCI 0101  or GERO 0101 .

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