Good Death, Bad Death

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Good Death, Bad Death
Fall 2023
Taught By: Abou Farman
Section: A

CRN: 16032

Credits: 4

Is all death bad? What is it to die well? Is there really such a thing as a good death? What is its relation to a good life? Over the past few decades, a consensus has developed (mostly in North America) over the ‘good death’ model, though it has also received some criticism. Achieving a certain kind of death, one that involves choice, control, peacefulness and freedom from pain, has become established as an ideal– some say an ideology – of dying. Through readings of classical and contemporary ethnographies of death and dying across a range of cultures this course will explore how different cultures imagine a good death. We will try to examine the good death not as a universal psychological process but as a cultural and political one. Topics will include the purification of corpses, organ transplant, hospital dying and technological interventions into the end of life, hospice and palliative care, public deaths, sacrifice and martyrdom. This course will satisfy requirements in Reading and Doing.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (ANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:20am EST 2/25/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1001
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/14/2023