Good Death, Bad Death

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Good Death, Bad Death

Fall 2020

Taught By: Abou Farman

Section: A

CRN: 8756

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 (LANT)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 11:15am 12/5/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/17/2020