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Course Descriptions

HED 115 - Death and Dying

3 Credits

A study of the dying process, death, ceremonies and rituals in many cultures. Deals with issues of loss experiences, the fear of death, understanding reactions to death, near-death experiences, euthanasia, suicide, and current practices and trends in the care and treatment of the terminally ill.

SUNY General Education: SUNY-WC - Western Civilization (SWCV)

MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-GLO - Global Understanding (MGLO), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD), MCC-VE - Values and Ethics (MVE)

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Identify the emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual, behavioral, social, economic, or cultural issues related to death, dying, bereavement or loss from past to present in Western Civilization.
2.Evaluate health care issues, ethical aspects of death and dying, the cost of aging, dying or the cultural implications of loss.
3.Create a personal plan for dying and death that incorporates course materials surrounding death planning.
4.Compare the national trends with personal cultural, traditional or familial preferences surrounding death and dying.
5.Describe various healthy behaviors or resources for coping with dying, death and loss.
6.Compare the historical approaches of death and dying trends from past to present in Western Civilization.
7.Discuss various cultural traditions and the impact on death, dying and loss experiences.
8.Analyze life extending technologies impact on death, dying and loss from past to present in Western Civilization​.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2022
Summer Session 2022