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)||$913.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,073.40|
- 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
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