SSWK215 Loss and Grief
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Social Services
Course Number and TitleSSWK215 Loss and Grief (Experimental)
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course will give students an opportunity to gain an understanding of the multiple losses individuals experience during their life, including loss of health, divorce, death, and grief. Students will explore coping skills, empathic behavior, and styles of mourning with respect to one's individual needs and cultural differences.
Required Course Content and Direction
Learning Goals:To know and understand the stages of dying according to Kubler-Ross; the stages of grief and mourning; the role of culture and ethnicity in dealing with loss; the meaning and role of Hospice; the ethical, legal, and moral issues, i.e., suicide, euthanasia, mercy killing; some intervention strategies used for dealing with the dying and their families; and one's own reactions and feeling about loss and the grieving process.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Personal experience with loss
- Societal attitudes about death, grief and mourning
- Theories of death, grief, and mourning
- Kubler-Ross - 5 stages
- Stages of Grief and Mourning
- Readings: Kubler-Ross, On Death and Dying
- Exploration of Our Feelings and Attitudes related to Loss and Grief
- Grief and Mourning
- Cultural variations in the ways of death and bereavement-Individual Reports.
- Social and Ethical Issues (suicide, euthanasia, living will) Films: "The Right to Die" "assisted Suicide"
- Intervention with the dying and their families
- Guest speaker - Social worker working with the terminally ill
- The Hospice movement
- Student reports on field visits
- Summary, course evaluation
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:
- Albom, Mitch: Tuesdays with Morrie, New York: Doubleday, 1997
- Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth: On Death and Dying, New York: MacMillan Publishing Co.
- Worden, W.: Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, New York: Springer Publishing Co.
Teaching Methods EmployedAll students are expected to attend and actively participate in class. Written and oral assignments are as follows:
- Four annotated bibliographies on articles related to loss and grief, one to two pages, double spaced.
- An oral presentation on a topic related to our course. Presentation plus class discussion not to exceed 50 minutes. Presentation should be approximately 20-30 minutes OR 8 pages on topic related to Loss and Grief.
- A one-to-two page reaction paper to a visit related to the course.
- (Optional) A short personal essay concerning the effect that this course has had on your own attitudes toward death, grief, and loss (Ungraded).
- Grades will be based upon class attendance and participation, written assignments, and oral presentation.
- 35% - Bibliography
- 15% - Field Visit
- 35% - Final
- 15% - Attendance/Participation
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