Coping with Illness

This course offers a broad overview of the sociological aspects of coping with illness in our society. Topics include: attitudes toward and preparation for death; attitudes towards serious illness in society; the understanding of and care for terminally ill patients; funeral rituals; grief counseling; suicide; and euthanasia. Readings and classroom activities will be supplemented by students’ self-exploration and writing on feelings, attitudes, and beliefs about coping with illness.