For being something that unites us all, death is not often openly discussed in our Western society. In this online short course, we will discuss topics regarding the funeral industry, conduct comparative analysis with burial customs and rituals from around the world, create an open and safe space to discuss personal experience with mourning as well as make observations about the way we speak, think and feel about death. The content of this course is of a sensitive nature, but it is not meant to shock, ridicule or judge. Instead, it is intended to inform, reflect on and develop death positively in place of fear and discomfort. Talking about and engaging with the inevitability of death is not morbid, but displays a natural curiosity about the human condition. This course is conducted in English.
This course is general, and will be of interest to all university students and adult learners.
This thought is as a death
Shakespeare, Sonnet 64
Classroom and small group discussion will be at the center of this course. We will also explore a combination of videos, literary excerpts,articles and new media.
The main objectives of the course are to:
Doughty, Caitlin. From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death. New York : W.W. Norton & Company (2017), ISBN-13: 978-0393249897
“Discussing Death and Dying” is a six-week course with two 90-minute sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-2:30 pm CET and two summative writing assignments in the fifth and sixth weeks.
The following PODCAST contains a brief snippet from your Europe Tutorial Academy Literature Tutor, Willow Schroeder, of what you will experience on this course.
Students will have the opportunity to complete a few reading and research assignments outside of class to bring to the next session for discussion. A final short research-based essay will be due at the end of the fifth week of the course as well as a one-page personal reflection.
Students will receive individual feedback on written assignments from the tutor and peer-feedback on shorter homework assignments.
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