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Course Description

Graveyard shrouded in mist

An examination of theory, research, and issues in the psychology of death and dying. Emphasis is upon the cognitive operations used to process information about death and the influence of death constructs in daily life. Topics include the development of death concepts throughout the life-span, death anxiety in society, the needs of the dying person, the psychology of grieving, and unexpected losses such as deaths by suicide or miscarriage.

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1 of FRHD*2270, PSYC*2310, PSYC*2740, or PSYC*2450


Assessment Item Weight
Discussion Posts 20%
Reflection Paper  20%
Quizzes (6 x 5%) 30%

Group Project

  • Assignment Grade (25%)
  • PEAR Assessment (5%)
Total 100%

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Section Title
The Psychology of Death and Dying
January 10, 2022 to April 08, 2022
Contact Hours
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Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,908.38 Click here to get more information
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0.5 units
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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Death, Society, and Human Experience by Robert J. Kastenbaum and Christopher M. Moreman © 2018 Routledge 12th edition ISBN 9781138292406
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