DEATH, DYING AND GRIEF

PHE3DDB

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are given the opportunity to explore the social, cultural and historical factors that are the context of contemporary beliefs and practices concerning death, dying and grief. Particular attention is paid to the experiences of dying and grieving people, their caregivers and the responses made to them by Australian health services. The aim is to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the social and cultural contexts surrounding death in ways that will influence their personal and professional development.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE1SDH or Subject Coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHE3DDA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to sufficient enrolments.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Last Dance: Encountering death and dying 9th ednRecommendedDeSpelder, L.A., & Strickland, A.L. (2011)MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA: MAYFIELD

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the socio-historical and cultural background to contemporary beliefs and practices at the end of life (principally practices connected with dying, death, bereavement).

Activities:
This is a core theme of lecture presentations and required reading, and an explicit requirement in all assessment tasks

02. Have applied and demonstrated your learning by writing a critical essay on a topic selected through reflective journaling

Activities:
Essay is on a topic shown to be of personal and/or professional interest through the journal entries throughout the semester

03. Critically assess current healthcare management of end of life issues

Activities:
A social and cultural commentary on current healthcare management of end of life issues is included in presentations and required reading, and is integral to most assessment tasks.

04. Assess current healthcare literature concerning end of life in social and cultural terms

Activities:
A required aspect of group presentation and essay, and an aspect of lecture presentations. Group presentations address selected key ethical issues in end of life care.

05. Explain alternative ways of managing end of life care both within and beyond the health system

Activities:
Critique is accompanied whenever possible with constructive discussion of alternative attitudes, systems or strategies

06. Provide a social and cultural critique of some selected contemporary end of life attitudes and practices

Activities:
Modelled in lecture presentations, and a required aspect of group seminar presentations and essay

07. Critically compile evidence concerning Australian end of life beliefs and practices

Activities:
A required aspect of the group seminar presentation

08. Apply insights from studying this subject to your personal and professional practice and demonstrate this through writing a reflective journal

Activities:
A core requirement of journal writing

09. Have worked collaboratively to develop an oral presentation on a specific topic assigned from prescribed reading for the subject

Activities:
Group seminar prepared and led by a small group whose members are required to collaborate. Individual reflective written papers describe each student's contribution.

10. Have demonstrated effective communication with your peers in making this presentation

Activities:
Group seminar task demonstrates the quality of communication both in preparation and presentation of the assigned topic.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Class requirements

Lecture
Eight 3.0 hours lecture per study period during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be require to attend a 3 hour lecture per day from Tuesday - Friday during weeks 1 and 2 of Semester 1"

WorkShop
Eight 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be require to attend a 3 hour workshop per day from Tuesday to Friday during weeks 1 and 2 of Semester 1"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Contribution to group seminar presentation (eqiuivalent to 500 words)10 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 10
Critical essay of 1500 words30 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 09
Individual background paper (1000 words)20 01, 04, 05, 06, 08
Reflective journal of 4500 words (equivalent to 2000 word essay)40 01, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09

Distance Education, 2015, Semester 2, Distance Education

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours directed reading per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via distance education.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Contribution to group seminar presentation (eqiuivalent to 500 words)10 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 10
Critical essay of 1500 words30 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 09
Individual background paper (1000 words)20 01, 04, 05, 06, 08
Reflective journal of 4500 words (equivalent to 2000 word essay)40 01, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorColleen Nordstrom

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Contribution to group seminar presentation (eqiuivalent to 500 words)10 03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 10
Critical essay of 1500 words30 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 09
Individual background paper (1000 words)20 01, 04, 05, 06, 08
Reflective journal of 4500 words (equivalent to 2000 word essay)40 01, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09