SO332 Dying, Death, & Bereavement

for U1LL 2009

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SO 332 Dying, Death, & Bereavement


U1LL 2009 LR


Coleman, George M.

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Semester Dates

May 25 - July 19, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours


The Last Dance: Encountering Death & Dying, by L.A. DeSpelder, A.L. Strickland, McGraw-Hill Publishers, 2005, 7th Edition, ISBN#: 0-07-292096-3.

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Course Description:
SO 332 Dying, Death, and Bereavement: Examines the demographic, cultural, and social psychological aspects of dying, death, and the grieving process. Topics include cultural and individual attitudes toward death, the medicalization of death, associated institutions, end of life care, the social role of funerals, and various forms of death, such as old age, and dying young, euthanasia, suicide, and genocide. 3:0:3

Class Assessment:
This course will consist of the following:  One essay midterm exam (100 points), one essay final exam (100 points),  one term paper (100 points), one funeral cost report (50 points) and class participation grade (100 points)


Midterm exam   100 points
Final exam         100 points
Term paper        100 points
Class participation 100 points
Funeral cost report  50 points
A  450 - 405
B  404 - 360
C  359 - 315
D  314 - 270
F  269 - 000

Late Submission of Course Materials

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No material may be turned in late without prior approval from the instructor.  Any missed tests must be made up within five business days in the Park office during normal business hours.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All Park policies will be inplace during this course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Midterm                  June 18
Final                         July 16
Funeral Cost Report July 9
Term Paper              July 9

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Additional Information:

The term paper will be on an instructor approved topic relating to the course subject.  It needs to be done using the APA style and must use a minimum of 12 outside sources.  Only half of the sources may come from internet sites.


The funeral cost report must include the following:  A comprehensive, line item, account of what will be included in your funeral and how much it will cost based upon the local market. (Local market will be defined as the area in which you wish to have your funeral)  Be sure to include any military benifits, or other benifits,  that you may be entitled to recieve.  You must reference all places you used to get your information.


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