SO332 Dying, Death, & Bereavement

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SO 332 Dying, Death, & Bereavement


S2B 2010 BL


Barnes, Ronnie G.


Senior Adjunct Professor of Psychology


Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling
Bachelor of Science in Art Education
K-12 Licensed Guidance Counselor

Office Location

Ft. Bliss, TX Campus

Office Hours

As needed

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

22 MAR THRU 16 MAY 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00-10:00 PM



Credit Hours


The Last Dance: Encountering Death & Dying, by L.A. DeSpelder, A.L. Strickland, McGraw-Hill Publishers, 2009, 8th Edition, ISBN#: 0-07-340546-9.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

2. Suicide Survivor Support Links:
3. Euthanasia, Ethics & Public Policy: 
Note: Video Links regarding death customs in other cultures are inserted into course site.

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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

Educational Philosophy:
My teaching style is a positive, practical, hands-on experience that is geared towards developing an understanding of the death, dying and bereavement process.  Class room experiences will include small and large group discussion and activies, lecture, text book reading, videos, research, and reflection on indiviudal and societal misconceptions.  All activities will be geared towards the understanding of a diverse audience including individuals with special needs, multiple learning abilites and styles, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.  Students will be rated on their ability to express themselves effectively through both oral and written assignments, apply critcal thinking skills, and respond with reflective feedback to discussion and subject.

Class Assessment:

1.      Reading Assignments
2.      Online Desktop Videos
3.      Class Participation and Attendance (5 pts.)
4.     Research Paper (Core Assessment worth 25 pts.)
5.      Memorial Tribute (10 pts.)
6.      Midterm Exam (25 pts.)
7.      Final Exam (25 pts.)
8.      Funeral Plan (5 pts.)
9.      Advance Care Directive (5 pts.)
10.    Extra Credit Report on Guest Speaker or Community Resource Visit (3 pts.)


A - 90-100

B - 80-89

C - 70-79

D - 60-69

F - 00-59

Late Submission of Course Materials:

1.  Due to the design of the teaching model and students' presentations, no late projects will be accepted without prior approval from instructor and for reasons beyond the student's control.
2.  Work that is submitted late may result in a reduction of grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1.  The time, effort, and expense required for adult learning demands adult behavior.

2.  Please be on time, any student coming to class more than 20 minutes late or leaving more than 20 minutes before class ends will be considered unexcused for attendance purposes. 
3.  Attendance will be taken before class and after break. 
4.  Please turn cell phones off or to silent mode before class begins.  No cell phones allowed during exams or a zero will be given.
5. Students who are absent for reasons other than hospitalization, severe illness with doctor's note, deployment, or mandated service connected activities will be given an unexcused absence.  All work will remain due no later than the required class or points will be deducted from grade regardless of attendance.  If a student accumulates 3 or more unexcused absences their grade will be reduced one letter grade at the end of the term.
6.  Work more than one week late will not be accepted.
7. You must sent notification of absence by email NLT than Saturday evening following class to recieve an excused absence.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:







Review syllabus, course requirements, personal introductions, class rules. Learn how to use online classroom. Reading assignment: Chapters 1-3 for Week 2.       


Lecture Chapters 1-3.  Reading assignment: Chapters 4-7. 


Lecture Chapters 4-7. Read Chapters 8 -10 for Week 5. Review exam.





MIDTERM EXAM (Covers Chapters 1-7)



Lecture Chapters 8-10. Read Chapters 11-13. . 



Lecture Chapters 11-13. Read Chapters 14-15. 



Lecture Chapters 14-15. Review for Final Exam. 



FINAL EXAM. (Covers Chapters 8-15)      TURN-IN OF ALL ASSIGNED WORK.


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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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