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HIST 421A Honours Tutorial - HONOURS TUTORIAL

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Credits: 6

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
HIST 421A 101Tutorial1 Tue10:0012:00

HIST 421A restricted to 4th year History honours students.

History of Death - This course is an exploration of the role of death and dying in history  a field also known as thanatology. Topics covered will include rituals around death and dying, mourning, mass death, cemeteries as representations of society, ghosts and the undead, extinction, and even the very definition of death. While we will spend a significant amount of time looking at the historical development of dominant North American death practices  e.g. the funeral industrial complex and our general distance from death and the dying  we will also consider other cultural approaches and contexts. In addition to significant amounts of reading, students will conduct original research and be asked to attend at least one community event dealing with the subject, with the understanding and ~

that the history of how we have died tells us a great deal about the history of how we have lived with each other and with the Earth and our fellow planetary inhabitants.