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THAN 529 Historical and Multicultural Perspectives in Thanatology

(Summer/3 credits) 

This course focuses on two areas of thanatology: the role played by death in Western history, noting how man’s conceptions of dying, death and bereavement have changed over the centuries; and dying, death and bereavement as it is experienced in various cultures, ethnic groups and religions around the world. Groups studied include Islamic, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Chinese, African-American and others. Group similarities and differences will be highlighted, including religious traditions surrounding death, cross-cultural mourning practices and diverse philosophies of the role of death in life.