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Thanatology

Course Descriptions

HDF 421/THN 421 Death, Dying, and Bereavement (3)
Exploration of human death, dying, and bereavement. Focus on biomedical, psychological, social, and multicultural dimensions. Implications for social policy. Pre: junior standing or above.

HDF 471/THN 471 Responding to Grief (3)
Examines conceptual, psychosocial, somatic, and pragmatic issues faced when grieving and how to cope or assist others accommodating imminent or realized loss due to death. Pre: 421, or prior thanatology course or permission of instructor.

HPR 119 Honors Course in Interdisciplinary Studies: Loss in the Lives of Children and Adolescents (3)
Exploration of the experience that contemporary children and adolescents have with loss. From a world perspective, focus will be on developmental stage, cognitive capacity, and emotional effects of grief and victimization.

NUR 360/THN 360 Impact of Death on Behavior (3)
Seminar to explore the human experience of dying and the issue of quality of life. Group discussion focuses on the effect that individual and social values and medical and social structures have on one’s grief response and bereavement process. This course is also available as an honors course.

NUR 424/THN 424 Exploring Loss Through Creative Arts Therapies (3)
Exploration and assessment of the merits of incorporating creative arts processes (imagery, story, metaphor, music, and movement) with individuals who are experiencing loss, grief, and dying. (Seminar) Pre: One prior thanatology course or permission of instructor.

NUR 425/THN 425 Spirituality of Loss and Death (3) Examination of major belief systems and spirituality during loss, death and grief. Emphasis on spiritual issues and ethnicity, culture, gender and developmental stage.(Seminar) Pre: One prior thanatology course or permission of instructor.

NUR 523/THN 523 Contemporary Thanatology (3)
Interdisciplinary approach to trends, problems, theories, and strategies in thanatology. Explores effects of professional’s personal beliefs and attitudes on care provided to dying clients across the life span and their families. (Seminar) Pre: baccalaureate degree or senior standing with permission of instructor.

NUR 524/THN 524 Exploring Loss Through Creative Arts Therapy (3)
Exploration and assessment of the merits of incorporating creative arts processes (imagery, story, metaphor, music, and movement) with individuals who are experiencing loss, grief, and dying. (Seminar) Pre: baccalaureate degree or senior standing with permission of instructor.

NUR 525/THN 525 Spirituality of Loss and Death for the Helping Professions (3)
Examination of major belief systems and spirituality during loss, death, and grief. Emphasis on spiritual issues and ethnicity, culture, gender, and developmental stage. Role of professional dealing with spiritual concerns. (Seminar) Pre: baccalaureate degree or senior standing with permission of instructor.

NUR 526/THN 526 Loss Across the Life Span (3)
Content provides a basis both for personal development and professional growth. Personal experience, selected readings, and personal reflections will provide direction for examining the multidimensional aspects of loss. (Seminar) Pre: baccalaureate degree or senior standing with permission of instructor.

NUR 527 Symptom Management in End-of-Life Care (3)
Principles of nursing care at the end-of-life. Strategies for assessing and managing symptoms along with complementary therapies across age groups. (Lec. 3) Pre: senior standing in nursing or registered nurse (others by permission of instructor).

NUR 529/THN 529 Topics in Thanatology (1-3)
Selected areas of study pertinent to loss, dying, and grief. Instruction may be offered in class seminar or clinical settings according to specific needs and purposes. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic. (Seminar) Pre: baccalaureate degree or senior standing with permission of instructor.

PHP 460 Palliative Care (3)
Principles of palliative care including control of pain and other symptoms, and psychological, social, and spiritual issues. Pre: fourth- or fifth-year standing in Pharm.D. program or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

PSC 440 The Politics of Being Mortal (3)
Seminar on how attitudes toward death affect political values and priorities, especially in regard to capitalism and the threat of nuclear war. Pre: 341, 342, or permission of instructor.

Communication or Counseling

COM 100 Communication Fundamentals (3)
Integrates basic theory and experience in a variety of communication contexts including public speaking, small groups, and interpersonal communication. Examines human differences in order to develop more effective communication skills.

COM 221 Interpersonal Communication (3)
Examines basic theory and skills, including impact of perception, self-concept, listening, nonverbal messages, and language on interpersonal communication, including conflict, relationship development, friendship, family, and romantic relationships.) Pre: 100.

COM 251 Small Group Communication (3)
The study of communicative functions in the small group setting. Includes group dynamics, leadership, problem solving, and decision making. Emphasis on theory and application. Pre: 100.

COM 324 Nonverbal Communication (3)
Examines nonverbal communication codes, including their structures, usages, and interrelationships. Stresses student understanding, analysis, and application of nonverbal communication through lecture, discussion, and experiential activities. Pre: 202 or 221.

COM 325 Communication in Interviewing (3)
Theory and practice of interviewing as planned communication in different settings for various purposes, including research, professions, and employment. Human diversity, ethics, interpersonal dynamics, and writing are emphasized. Pre: 202.

COM 361 Intercultural Communication (3)
Study of cultural similarities and differences as they affect communication within and across cultural boundaries. (Lec. 3/Online)

COM 422 Communication and Conflict Intervention (3)
An examination of the role of communication theories in conflict intervention in interpersonal, group, and organizational settings. Emphasis on applying theories through simulations, role plays, case studies, and discussions. Pre: 221 or 251.

HDF 314 Introduction to Gerontology (4)
Introduction to the study of aging processes: biological, psychological, and social theories. Health, social, and other age-related problems. Lecture, discussion, and participation in a field setting. (Lec. 3, Lab. 3) Pre: completion of 24 or more credits.

HDF 430 Family Interaction (3)
Interdisciplinary approach to the dynamics of intrafamily relationships, interactions of family units and family members within the sociocultural environment. Implications for social policy. Pre: 202 and 230.

HDF 450 Introduction to Counseling (3)
Introduces students in human sciences to interviewing and counseling skills in both professional and paraprofessional settings. Integrates theory, practice, and application by didactic and experimental learning. Pre: senior standing in HDF, graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

HDF 535 Families Under Stress: Coping and Adaptation (3)
Theoretical models of family interaction, development, and stress as applied to understanding of family behavior in managing stress or events. Concepts of stress, vulnerability, adaptability, coping, regenerative power, social supports, and related research. (Seminar) Pre: 430 or equivalent course work in family development or family sociology and permission of instructor.

PSY 113 General Psychology (3)
Introductory survey course of the major facts and principles of human behavior. Prerequisite for students interested in professional work in psychology or academic fields in which an extended knowledge of psychology is basic. (Lec. 2, Rec. 1)

PSY 232 Developmental Psychology (3)
Comprehensive understanding of human development and growth from birth to senescence. Pre: 113.

PSY 399 Introduction to Multicultural Psychology (3)
Introductory course focusing on multiculturalism as a major paradigm. Emphasizes the meaning of multiculturalism and associated principles, concepts, and sociocultural factors as related to assessment, intervention, and research. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: 113 or 103.

Ethics, Philosophy, or Religion

PHL 103 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
Pursues such basic questions as: What is a person? What is knowledge? Are we free? What is moral right and wrong? Does God exist? What is the meaning of death? (not open to students with 9 or more credits in philosophy)

PHL 212 Ethics (3)
Evaluation of major ethical theories. Application of moral reasoning to topics such as virtue and vices, human dignity, conscience, responsibility, moral dilemmas, and reasons to be moral.

PHL 314 Ethical Problems in Society and Medicine (3)
Ethical analysis of topics such as war, capital punishment, sexual morality, suicide, animal rights, honesty and deception, world hunger, discrimination, abortion. Acceptable for minor when the emphasis is on issues related to death. Pre: PHL101 or 103 or one 200-level course or permission of instructor.

PHL 328 The Philosophy of Religion (3)
A systematic and critical consideration of such topics as the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, the relation of faith to reason, religious language, miracle, and immortality. Pre: PHL101 or 103 or one 200-level course or permission of instructor.

PHL 346 Existential Problems in Human Life (3)
Discussion of ultimate questions of human existence such as meaning in life, personal commitment, human relations, suffering, despair, hope freedom, authenticity, self-deception, death, God, and immortality. Pre: PHL101 or 103 or one 200–level course or permission of instructor.

PHL 401 Special Problems (3)
Acceptable course for minor when the topic is related to death. (Independent study) Pre: 3 credits in philosophy and permission of instructor.

RLS 111 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (3)
Comparative study of the teachings, the histories, and the practices of the three religions of Abraham; emphasis on their teachings.

RLS 125 Biblical Thought (3)
Selected portions of the Old and New Testaments with emphasis on their positive contribution to the philosophy of the Jewish and Christian religions. (Lec. 3) (L)

RLS 126 The Development of Christian Thought (3)
History of religious and philosophical ideas, development of the teachings of Christianity. Emphasis to meet needs and interests of students. Historical nature of material suitable for liberal education without regard to student’s religious affiliation. (Lec. 3) (L)

RLS 131 Introduction to Oriental Philosophies and Religions (3)
Introductory study of the main philosophical and religious ideas in the Orient, with emphasis on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism.

RLS 151 The Jewish Experience (3)
Examines Judaism’s history, customs, culture, and beliefs. (Lec. 3)

Other Related Courses

Independent study related to thanatology, i.e. HDF 498, NUR/THN 390, 506 (check with faculty advisor), HPR 401/402 (when related to thanatology). You need to discuss your ideas with a faculty advisor before receiving a permission number and approval to use these courses towards the minor.

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