SOCI244-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

On Death and Dying: Current Controversies in Thanatology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


'On Death and Dying' introduces students to this most pervasive yet under-examined aspect of social life. Students will be given the opportunity to explore death, dying and bereavement from a sociological point of view. We will explore the different and complex ways people attend to death through a guided programme that includes a study of the notion of sequestered death, the body in death, the social stratification of death, customary practices past and present including Aotearoa/New Zealand, death and medicine, good death/bad death, near death experiences, ghosts, euthanasia, suicide, the funeral profession, grief and mourning, memento mori, mass death, death and the media/popular culture.


Any 15 points at 100 level from ANTH or SOCI, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


SOCI344, POLS404

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 F3 Lecture Theatre 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 121 24 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
02 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Karl Popper 612 24 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator

Ruth McManus


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Structured controversy 20% Conducted in lecture Week 4
Essay one 25% On analysis of personal experience - due end of Term 3
Class trip 5% tbc
Tutorial attendance and participation 10% Weekly (minus week 1 and week 12)
Research Project 30% Due end of Term 4
Lectorial attendance/participation 10% Due weekly (minus Week1 and Week 4)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

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