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Death, Loss and Grief

SW617, Section 001

This course will address the theoretical framework of human loss and grief from a culturally and philosophically diverse perspective. Students will be provided with information about why and how humans grieve and how grieving is affected by type of loss, socioeconomic and cultural factors, individual personality and family functioning. Attention will be focused on life span development and the meaning of death and loss at different ages. Various types of loss will be discussed from an individual, family, and socio/cultural/ecological perspective. The importance of understanding trauma and its relationship to grief and loss will also be addressed. Coping and resiliency in loss will be explored, emphasizing the diversity of human response and focusing on the significance of social groups in integrating loss. The formation and practice of rituals, and diversity in religious and spiritual experience as a component of coping with loss will be discussed.

Topic Description / Additional Information

This particular section of SW617 will have an Interprofessional Education (IPE) focus with students from Pharmacy and Genetic Counseling, along with Social Work. This section will provide students with the opportunity to explore the course context by learning with, from and about students from another discipline. Please consider this when choosing this section of SW617.
Genetic Counseling students will need to submit a Course Enrollment Petition via the SSW web site.

Semester: Fall 2021
Instructor: Debra K. Mattison
U-M Class #: 13321
Time: Tue 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: 3752 SSWB
Program Type: Residential
Format: In-Person
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Pathway Associations

Community ChangeGlobalInterpersonal PracticeManagement & LeadershipPolicy & PoliticalProgram EvaluationOlder AdultsChildren & Families
ElectiveElective (Host)ElectiveElective

Other SW617 Offerings

* The course listings below are provided for reference only. These offerings may be subject to change or cancellation.


Term Section Days Time  
Winter 2022 002 Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM View Course

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