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Death & Policy - SPY00038H

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Julie Rugg
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

In recent years the notion that death is a taboo subject has collapsed, and in a range of policy arenas an increasing emphasis has been placed on achieving a 'good death'. This module explores the concept of a 'good death' and uses this framework to assess policy intervention in a range of non-medicalised arenas. The module will examine the activities of the major actors and agencies that are involved in funerary activity following a death; consider the role of policy in framing those activities; and review the policy responses to 'bad' death that is a consequence of extreme events and circumstances.

Module learning outcomes

  • By the end of the module, student who have attended the lectures and workshops and undertaken complementary reading will:
  • Understand thehistorical context that has framed the conception of a 'good death'
  • Be conversant with a range of analytical frameworks to evaluate funerary practice
  • Be able to reflect critically on the role of policy in framing funerary practice


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback is provided four weeks after submission using a standard marking matrix and tutor comments

Indicative reading

Aries, P (1984) 'The hour of our death', Penguin

Bradbury, M (1999) 'Representations of death', Routledge

Hallam, E and Hockey, J (ed) 'Death, memory and material culture', Berg

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