An advanced anthropological analysis of responses to death and dying, drawing on cross-cultural case studies and relevant anthropological theories of grief, mourning and funerary practice.
This paper contextualises a variety of historical and contemporary responses to death and critically examines the development of "modern" death practices.
About this paper
|Rites of Passage: Death, Grief and Ritual
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- 18 200-level ANTH points or 108 points
- ANTH 225
- Schedule C
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- This paper is designed for students with and without strong backgrounds in Anthropology.
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- Teaching staff
- Required reading is from journal articles and book chapters available electronically through the library using course reserve.
- Course outline
Will be available on Blackboard at the beginning of the course.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will:
- Understand some of the seminal anthropological approaches/theories around the study of death and dying
- Link specific death-related practices to broader social and cultural contexts
- Identify the role of cultural values in debates around ethics and care in relation to death, dying, and the dead
- Critically and reflexively consider the scope and limits of academic knowledge about grief and mourning