Death and dying
by The Open University
This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.
The pathway approaches the topic through a range of academic disciplines, from vocational health care practice, to psychology, religion and philosophy. The pathway assets trigger reflective learning on your own attitudes to what is, for many, the greatest mystery. It explores different ways of dying, such as medicalised, sacred and natural deaths.
The slightly eclectic exploration explores life and death from the very different perspectives of Buddhists and an Evangelical Christian sect; writer Leo Tolstoy, and present day and past philosophers such as Hume and Foucault.
|1||Death and dying - video introduction||--||2:04||Free||View in iTunes|
||Living with death and dying||This unit will explore how knowledge and beliefs about death and encounters with death affect people’s lives. It will also examine the concept of a ‘good death’ from an individual perspective in order to enhance the quality of dying. This study un||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||Surviving the Edgware Road Bomb||Jaqueline remembers the traumatic events of July 2005 and reveals how therapy has helped her deal with her trauma.||9:52||Free||View in iTunes|
||Right to Die||Professor Gary Slapper of The Open University, and Frances Gibb, Legal Editor of The Times discuss issues surrounding assisted suicide and mercy killing.||11:21||Free||View in iTunes|
||What's Wrong With Killing?||--||18:16||Free||View in iTunes|
||Death and medicine: postponement and promise||This unit asks the reader to consider the experience of grief and bereavement and in particular the extent to which grieving people need professional help. The unit considers the evidence for the effects of grief and the extent to which current ways of||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Hume||This unit examines David Hume's reasons for being complacent in the face of death, as these are laid out in his suppressed essay of 1755, ‘Of the immortality of the soul’. More generally, they examine some of the shifts in attitude concerning death||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||The medicalised context of bereavement||This unit helps you to explore the extent to which death and dying in western societies are medical events and what aspects of death and dying might be neglected as a consequence. The unit covers the way that such things as medicine provide the context||--||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||"Death and the lady"||Norma introduces the song 'Death and the Lady' explaining the meanings behind the words and where the song originated from. She then performs it.||4:57||Free||View in iTunes|