Course Description

Course Name

Sociology of Death

Session: VLNF3423

Hours & Credits

20 UK Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Prerequisite(s): 100 credits at HE1, including compulsory HE1 set in Sociology or a cognate subject

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Assessment: critical review of a visit to a cemetery/crematorium (1500 words) [20%], essay (3000 words) [80%] [both elements to be attempted]
This module explores the social and cultural dimensions of death and dying in Britain. Topics for consideration will include social settings for the dying, the medicalisation and secularisation of death, funeral customs and practices, the remembrance and memorialisation of the dead and tourism to death related sites. A number of ethical issues such as euthanasia and organ transplantation will also be explored.

*Course content subject to change