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Sociology 28: Death and Dying

Principles, concepts and methods of sociology used in examining predominant attitudes and practices regarding death, dying, and grief in the U.S.; included will be interdisciplinary methods and materials relevant to suicide, the terminally ill, bereavement, and various viewpoints about the phenomenon of death. Field trips may be required. (MJC HUMSR 114)

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Sociology 28: Syllabus

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Sociology 28: Highly Recommended Sources




Articles for Sociology 28


A Brief History Of Artists Grappling With Loss And Death By Priscilla Frank (The Huffington Post)

A Dying Physician and the Meaning of Care By Paul C. McLean

A Greener

A Mortician Talks Openly About Death, And Wants You To, Too -- An Interview with Caitlin Doughty (Fresh Air - NPR)

A Passionate Defense of Selfies at Funerals By Caitlin Doughty

After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye' By NPR Staff (NPR)

After Tragedy, Nonbelievers Find Other Ways To Cope By Barbara Bradley Hagerty (NPR)

Aging with Dignity

As Planned, Right-To-Die Advocate Brittany Maynard Ends Her Life By Eyder Peralta (NPR)

At the End of Life: A Blog About How We Die

Atul Gawande: On Being Mortal (Science Friday)

Being Mortal (Frontline)

Bodies Get Picked Clean By Vultures In The Name Of Science (Here & Now)

California Lawmakers: Time Is Right For "End Of Life Option" Law By Pauline Bartolone (Capital Public Radio)

Center for Health Care Decisions

Children’s Books About Death and Dying

Compassionate and Choices: End of Life Choice, Palliative Care and Counseling

Contemplating Brittany Maynard's Final Choice By Nancy Shute (NPR)

Death and Dying - New York Times Topics

Death, Dying & Beyond (Institute for Noetic Sciences)

Death with Dignity National Center

Doctor: Helping A Patient Die Will Never Become Routine (NPR)

Doctor Helps Iowa Couple Face Illness On Their Own Terms By Jenny Gold (NPR)

Doctors With Cancer Push California To Allow Aid In Dying By Anna Gorman (NPR)

Dr. Kate Granger: A doctor and terminally ill cancer patient musing about life and death

Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life (The National Academies Press)

Family Struggles With Father's Wish To Die By NPR Staff (NPR)

Fighting to Honor a Father’s Last Wish: To Die at Home By Nina Bernstein (The New York Times)

For the Dying a Chance to Rewrite Life By Alex Spiegel (NPR)

'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death (NPR)

Green Burial Council

Grief In The Classroom: 'Saying Nothing Says A Lot' By Elissa Nadworny (NPR)

Health Care Spending In America, In Two Graphs By Lam Thuy Vo and Jacob Goldstein (NPR)

Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months? By Elana Gordon (NPR)

How Could A Doctor's Death From Ebola Possibly Be 'Good'? By Marc Silver (NPR)

How Doctors Die: It’s Not Like the Rest of Us, But It Should Be By Ken Murray

How Many Die From Medical Mistakes In U.S. Hospitals? By Marshall Allen (NPR/Propublica)

How to Die in Oregon (HBO)

Infographic Shows The Differences Between The Diseases We Donate To, And The Diseases That Kill Us

Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D.

Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D. -- Well Blog Posts at The New York Times

Let's Talk About Death (Here and Now)

Modern Loss

Moyers on Death: NPR's Fresh Air (see link at left)

National Alliance for Grieving Children

Nursing Homes (ProPublica Investigation)

Pain And Suffering At Life's End Are Getting Worse, Not Better By Jenny Gold (NPR)

Post Mortem: Death Investigation in America (NPR)

Post Mortem: Frontline (PBS)

‘Prophylactic’ Suicide: A Sunday Dialogue from The New York Times

Radio Lab: After Life

Radio Lab: The Bitter End

Radio Lab: When Am I Dead?

Raising Grieving Children By Phyllis R. Silverman (Blog at Psychology Today)

'Right-To-Die' Proposal Sparks Tears, Impassioned Testimony at California Capitol By Pauline Bartolone (Capital Public Radio)

Sesame Street: Grief

Stanford Center on Longevity

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Talking to Children About Death

10 Years After A Soldier's Death, How It Changed Lives By Alex Ashlock (Here and Now)

Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized By Fred Mogul (NPR)

The Brittany Maynard Fund

The Conversation Project

The Daily Challenges Of Learning To Be A Widow (Talk of the Nation: NPR)

The Digital Beyond

The Dougy Center: The National Center for Grieving Children & Families

The End: The End features essays by people who work in fields dealing with death and dying, like medicine, ethics and religion, as well as personal essays by those who have experienced the death of a loved one. (The New York Times)

The Final Call: the hidden epidemic of suicide among U.S. firefighters (Aljazeera America)

The Hastings Center - Bioethics and Public Policy

The Lonely Death of George Bell Written by N. R. Kleinfield; Photographs by Josh Haner (The New York Times)

The Science of Near-Death Experiences By Gideon Lichfield (The Atlantic)

The Silicon Valley Suicides By Hanna Rosin (The Atlantic)

The Suicide Paradox (Freakonomics Radio)

The Swan Song Of A Teenage Ukulele Master (NPR)

The Town Where Everyone Talks About Death By Chana Joffe-Walt (NPR)

The 2 Things That Rarely Happen After A Medical Mistake By Marshall Allen and Olga Pierce (NPR)

'This Impromptu Dance': Geoffrey Holder's Son Tells One More Story By Leo Holder (NPR)

To Cope With Her Mother's Illness, Photographer Focuses On Aging Animals By Claire O'Neill

'Today We Are His Family': Teen Volunteers Mourn Those Who Died Alone By Arun Rath (NPR)

Understanding Hospice - And Then, When The Time is Right, Embracing It By Rosanna Fay

Undertaker: Slain Boston Bombing Suspect Should Still Be Tended To (NPR)

U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High By Sabrina Tavernise (The New York Times)

What happens to my online life when I die? An interview with Evan Carroll