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SOCI-208 - Sociology of Death and Dying - Karith Meyers

Course:Sociology of Death and Dying
Professor:Karith Meyers
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


a picture of Karith Meyers, the course instructor

Hello All! I look forward to meeting you and/or seeing former students in this exciting course! This sociological study of 'death and dying' is a 100% online course conducted entirely on the Canvas platform, so other than Zoom office hours, we will not be meeting in person and face-to-face. 

Course Description

The course examines the cultural, social, and political meanings of death as it exists within the United States and abroad while analyzing the importance of death and its related processes as parts of socially constructed meanings recognized and practiced by society. Just a few of the topics will include historical practices and changing attitudes, the socialization and shared meanings of death, and the ways that we die including environmental, social, and political causes. 

What to Expect in this Course

Each weekly module in this course includes links to the required readings, videos, and/or PowerPoint lectures as well as course assessments and assignments. There are no scheduled face-to-face meetings on campus or via Zoom. 

Types of Assessments

This 100% online course involves weekly online quizzes and discussion forums in Canvas weekly modules, as well as one course examination and one written assignment project. 

Textbook Information

All reading materials are provided at no cost to students and are uploaded to the Canvas platform for this course. Each weekly module will include a Weekly To Do List, required readings, video links, quizzes, forum discussions and/or other assignments per syllabus schedule. 

Other Relevant Course Information

SOCI-208 is a 100% online course with no face-to-face scheduled meetings via Zoom or on campus. The only time we will see and talk to one another is during scheduled office hours posted on the syllabus. To succeed in this course students should complete all requirements each week. Missing just one or two assignments may have a negative impact on your final grade. 

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 01/03/2022 Sub#: 1201