An introduction to the 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.
Paper is offered in yearly rotation with ANTH 228 Anthropology of Religion.
|Paper title||Rites of Passage: Death, Grief and Ritual|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$955.05|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- ANTH 103 or ANTH 105 or 54 points
- ANTH 325
- Schedule C
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- This paper is designed for students with and without strong backgrounds in Anthropology.
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- Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour lecture per week plus one tutorial per week.
Mixture of both internal assessment and exam.
All readings on eReserve.
- 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