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Death and dying

by The Open University

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

We’re all going to face it one day but still, for many, death remains a difficult subject. This wide-ranging learning pathway explores death and dying by looking at the surprising psychological and spiritual effects of near-death experiences. It investigates the concept of a ‘good’ death and the moral issues around euthanasia.

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.
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