Cultural and historical trends in death encounters and attitudes, medical and legal issues related to dying, and key concepts and models related to dying and grieving processes. Skills to support dying and grieving individuals and their families across the lifespan, experiencing a variety of death events.
Course Learning Objectives
- Recognize historical, current, and cross-cultural trends in death encounters and attitudes.
- Describe the medical and legal issues related to death and dying.
- Identify key concepts and models relevant to dying and grieving processes.
- Identify how to support dying and grieving individuals across the lifespan experiencing a variety of death events.
HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology)
All prerequisites must be completed, or consent must be given from the instructor, prior to enrollment.
If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the Canvas (learning management system) section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.
Textbooks and Materials
- A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death (2019)
Miller, B. J., & Berger, S
- Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy (2017)
Sandberg, S., & Grant, A. M.
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
Selected readings posted on Canvas.
Ashley Harvey, PhD, LMFT
Dr. Ashley Harvey is a professor and Director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Since 2007, she has taught more than 10,000 students across 15 different courses in 150 undergraduate and graduate sections, on topics such as parenting, couples and families, lifespan development, grant writing, and dying and grieving. Dr. Harvey has spoken at TEDx, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and earlier in her career worked at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital as a grief counselor and educator.