DEATH, BURIAL AND AFTERLIFE
Credit points: 15
This subject explores cultural approaches to the single event which will occur to all humankind: death. While concentrating on the archaeology, art and textual evidence from Greco-Roman antiquity, the subject also draws upon case studies from later periods (including the Early Modern and Modern periods) to illustrate the richness and variety of cultural responses to death, employing modern ethnographic parallels to aid the interpretation of past practices. Topics covered will include the role of burial practices in defining living societies, through declarations not only of religion but also social status, age, gender and ethnicity in funerary procedures and monuments constructed to commemorate the dead; ideas, literature and art surrounding the afterlife, ghosts and underworld; and social approaches to ways of death such as war, disease and crime.
FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorGillian Shepherd
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGillian Shepherd
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
|Research essay (2500 words)||60|
|Source analysis (object/text)(1500 words)||40|