phe3ddg intro death, dying




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



Incompatible subjects PHE3DDB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to sufficient enrolments.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe historical and cultural bases of contemporary beliefs and practices at the end of life.

Lectures and required readings

02. Critically appraise current healthcare literature relating to end of life issues.

Students choose topic for seminar paper based on topic of personal and/or professional interest

03. Critique evidence concerning Australian end of life policies, practices, and beliefs.

Lectures and exercises

04. Develop personal and professional practice and skills related to end of life care.

Class discussions and reflective journal

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 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.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Seminar presentation (500 word equivalent)1001, 02, 03, 04
Individual seminar paper (1000 words)2001, 02, 03, 04
Reflective journal (2000 word equivalent)4001, 02, 03, 04
Lossography Paper (750 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.3001, 04