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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will be given the opportunity to explore the social, cultural and historical factors which are the context of contemporary beliefs and practices in end-of-life care. Particular attention will be paid to the experiences of dying and grieving people and their caregivers, and the response of Australian health services. The aim is for participants to develop, through a fresh understanding of the social and cultural resources available to them, a public health approach to end-of-life care, and to apply this approach in their own professional contexts.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorColleen Nordstrom

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCompassionate Cities: Public Health and End-of-Life Care.RecommendedKellehear, A.ROUTLEDGE, LONDON 2005
ReadingsDeath and Dying: A Sociological Introduction.RecommendedHowarth, G.POLITY, CAMBRIDGE 2007.
ReadingsThe Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying (10th ed)RecommendeddeSpelder & StricklandNew York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education 2015

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain how people's experiences of dying and grieving are shaped by the societies in which they live.

Online activities and essays.

02. Describe and analyse the key features of contemporary management of dying, grief and bereavement.

Online activities and essays.

03. Describe and discuss how place of death impacts upon the nature and experiences of dying and caregiving.

Online activities and essays.

04. Critically discuss end of life literature in social perspective.

Online activities and essays.

05. Develop a socially-informed critique of current end of life policy and practice in Australia.

Online activities and essays.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2019, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorColleen Nordstrom

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
Two 3.0 hours workshop per study period from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.
"Flexible learning package equivalent to three hours of classroom contact per week. Students will have regular contact with the subject coordinator using telephone, email, or Zoom video conferencing. In negotiation with the coordinator, optional group meetings consisting of two 3-hour sessions may be held during the semester."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1,500-word essay3001, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 3,000-word essay7001, 02, 03, 04, 05