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PSYCH 130 - Death and Life

3 Credits
Studies death and dying in terms of definition, cross-cultural and cross-theological attitudes, suicide, homicide, death and the hospital staff, planning a funeral, legal issues, community resources, psychological adjustment to the death of a loved one and dealing with the inevitability of one’s own death.


Quarters Typically Offered

Fall Day
Winter Day

Designed to Serve All students, including those who plan to work with people coping with loss.
Active Date 2015-12-10

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Shared Learning Environment Yes
Contact Hours: Lecture 33 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 33
Degree Distributions:
  • Social Science Area II

ProfTech Related Instruction
  • Human Relations

Course Outline
I. Attitudes toward Death
II. Understanding Violent Death
III. The Terminally III Person
IV. The Funeral and the Cemetery
V. The Law and Death
VI. Responses to Loss
VII. Children and Death
VIII. Widowhood
IX. Controversies and Findings on Life after Life
X. Living Now

Student Learning Outcomes
Examine one’s own death awareness and recognize one’s comfort level for discussion of issues related to dying and death.

Recognize signs of and reactions to the dying process.

Critically analyze controversial issues: euthanasia, capital punishment, life after life, organ donation.

Recognize risk factors of and intervention strategies for suicidal people.

Use basic death education terminology, concepts, and theories to explain mourning behavior, the dying process, and body disposition.

Recognize the power of the context in shaping conclusions about individual behavior and attitudes around dying, death, and grief.

Identify fields other than psychology that address behavioral concerns around dying, death, and grief.

Describe examples of relevant and practical applications of death concepts to everyday life.

Summarize death-related psychological factors that can influence the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.

Predict how individual and developmental differences in death awareness are both influenced by, and in turn affect beliefs, values, and interactions with others.

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