HDFS 332 - Death, Dying, and Grief

  • 3 credits

Developmental processes of death and dying related to dying individuals and their families, for human service agencies.

Course Learning Objectives (these are to communicate the observable and measurable student learning outcomes for every course offering):

Given regular course participation, staying on schedule, and careful and comprehensive reading, students will be able to:

• Understand and critically think about the developmental and lifespan processes related to death, dying, and grief.
• Integrate course material and relate it to the personal and emotional; identify, integrate, and apply a contextual framework that influences coping with loss and experience of grief.
• Understand aspects of death, dying, and loss.
• Recognize and conceptualize a range of loss experiences and know how to support people in their experiences of loss and grief.
• Integrate and critically think about theories about and research on coping with death, dying, and other losses.
• Apply, evaluate, compare, and contrast theories and concepts to grief and coping with loss.
• Understand important medical, legal, financial, and cross-cultural issues related to death and dying.
• Develop and enhance professional writing skills and knowledge including use of APA format.

This course has online exams that require proctoring through Proctortrack, an online proctoring service. Proctortrack allows you to take the exam from your home but requires that your computer has a webcam and a microphone, and that you have a mirror to use for a room scan. For full system specifications, please visit: http://www.proctortrack.com/technical-requirements/. The cost of Proctortrack is included in the cost of the course. However, students are responsible for purchasing any hardware (e.g., microphone, webcam, 6” mirror) that may be needed for exams taken with Proctortrack.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.dot for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.

This course can be applied towards:


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology).

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given 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 section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Death & Dying, Life & Living, 7th Ed. (2013)
    Corr, Charles A. and Corr, D.M.
    ISBN: 111184061X


  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    American Psychological Association
    ISBN: 978-1433805615


Dr. Allyson Brothers
Dr. Allyson Brothers