- Ways of seeing death.
- Cemeteries as social space.
- Concepts of grief and morning.
- Grief and its cultural dimensions.
- Mourning and memory in the digital age.
- Representations of death.
- Photography and memory.
- Assisted suicide and euthanasia.
- Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Leacture capture
- Standard Media
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
Note: Level 3 subjects normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 and 2 subjects or other relevant experience.
No special requirements
A key definition distinguishing human beings from other animals is that humans live in the knowledge of their mortality. This subject explores the human condition of death and dying as it draws from interdisciplinary research literatures and cultural objects, including film and memoir. It examines major psychological and psychoanalytic concepts of grief, mourning and melancholia as well as key themes on topics such as: death and memorialisation online; cross-cultural death rites and beliefs; the politics of mourning; legal issues and the politics of euthanasia; dark tourism; death and memoir; death and celebrity culture; death denial and taboo; death and representation; love and death.
- Assignment 1 - Bibliography — Annotated (25%)
- Assignment 2 - Essay (35%)
- Assignment 3 - Non-Invigilated Exam — Multiple Choice (20%)
- Assignment 4 - Online Discussion (20%)
Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject