Dying and Suffering Across Cultures
College: Knox College
Instructor 1: Acolatse, Esther E.
Basic degree students enrol in KNP3502HF
Course Code: 
KNP6502HF
Semester: 
First Semester
Section: 
0101
Online: 
No
Credits: 
One Credit
Location: 
Toronto (St George Campus)
Description: 

This course will provide an opportunity for students to discuss and reflect on the contemporary realities of medical practice which challenge some basic assumptions as to when death occurs and when is a person "dead". In addition, students will examine contemporary efforts to rediscover old wisdoms concerning care for dying patients and ways in which communities of faith might reclaim some of the ancient practices of ars moriendi, the "art of dying." Students examine the phenomena of chronic illness, suffering and dying from a variety of historical, biblical, theological, pastoral care, medical-physiological, psychosocial from a cross cultural perspective. Students also examine contemporary modalities of care for persons at the end of life, including tertiary palliative care, the hospice movement and ancillary "death with dignity" organizations. Course goals include developing the student's ability to care for persons with chronic and terminal illness in ways that are shaped by a variety of theological and religio-cultural understandings of suffering, dying and death. To do so with integrity, students will also explore dimensions of what constitutes health and wholeness, as well as grief and mourning and burial rituals from various religio-cultural perspectives.

Pre-Requisites Currently Offered Next Scheduled Previously Offered Scheduling Information
Summer 2019
Winter 2019
Start Time: 
13:00
End Time: 
17:00
Hours per Week: 
4
Schedule: 
Thu
Begin Date: 
Thursday, May 16, 2019 to Thursday, June 20, 2019
Minimum: 
5
Maximum: 
20
Enrolment Notes: 
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  Tuition Payment Deadline, Thursday, May 16, 2019.  Last day to Drop: Thursday, May 23, 2019   
Teaching Method: 
Lectures
Readings
Means of Evaluation: 
Class Participation
Other