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Sociology of Death and Dying

List of Sections
Links to Death & Dying Sites
Handouts, Assignments, and Reading Notes
More Quotations
Thoughts and Questions about Lecture
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Class Syllabus
This class explores many contemporary, historical, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives on the social psychology of death and dying. We will study institutional factors as well as the individual expereience and the ways that this is influenced by the social context. We will also probe the ways in which our understandings of death and dying influence our experiences of life and living.
Running night and day
to escape night and day
Why fear grief
when Death walks so close beside?
	       -Rumi (1207-1273)

Quotations from Class

Ain't it something.. ain't it something... ain't it something how the way things go... - Lyle Lovett
Death is just a moment when dying ends -- Montaigne
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats
It's a matter of honor, death. It's your white page, do you see? Or your shame. Either you're worthy of it or you ain't. To accept it, to face it with honor and respect and goodwill, to earn it, that is to be brave.
N. Scott Momaday, The Ancient Child

Poems from Class