Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are given the opportunity to explore a range of end of life issues that may be encountered in their work as paramedics. Particular attention is paid to the experiences of dying and grieving people, their caregivers, and the responses of Australian health services, the ambulance service in particular. 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 development and professional practice.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorColleen Nordstrom

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects PHE3DDG

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to sufficient enrolments.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Communicate about death, dying and grief across various contexts.

Group discussions and personal reflections.

02. Critically analyse the literature related to the end of life knowledge, practices and beliefs.

Students choose essay topics of personal and/or professional interest.

03. Identify, through critical engagement and reflection, the various contributions informing notions around death and grief.

Group discussions, readings and personal reflections.

04. Analyse personal experiences with death, dying and grief to identify factors contributing to professional and personal responses.

Group discussions, reflective journal and lossography.

05. Apply reflective practice and death literacy skills that take account of individual values and meanings.

Group discussions and reflective journal.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorColleen Nordstrom

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 16 - 21
Five 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 16 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be required to attend a 2-hour lecture/seminar once per week during Week 7-11."

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 15
Four 4.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend from week 10 to week 15 and delivered via online.
"Online introduction and 3 online modules to be completed by the end of Week 6."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Critical essay of 1,200 wordsGuidelines are available on the LMS Essay upload portal.3001, 02, 03, 04
Lossography paper (500-word equivalent)A 'lossography' is an essay that details the death and loss events in your life, along with your present understanding of how each experience has influenced your attitudes and beliefs. Detailed instructions will be provided.2001, 04, 05
Reflective journal (1,600-word equivalent)The reflective journal is to provide an account of your intellectual journey through the various ideas presented in this subject. You are required to maintain weekly journal entries, beginning in Week 1 and ending in Week 12. All entries are made using PebblePad. As a rough guide, you should aim to write approximately 250-400 words per week. Further information and instructions are available on the LMS.3501, 02, 03, 04, 05
Quizzes (1,000-word equivalent in total)Modules 1, 2 and 3 each have a multiple-choice quiz based on the respective set readings. Each quiz is worth 5% for a total of 15%. Quizzes are to be completed by the start of Week 7. All quizzes are available on the LMS from Week1 until the end of Week 6.1502