Sociology of Death and Dying TEST

Sociology of Death and Dying TEST

Exam One will take place on SUN, FEB 26 from 9AM-10AM. You must log-on by 9:15AM to take the exam.

Please prepare in advance to be available to take this exam. The exam will cover chapters 1, 2 ,3 & 5.

The exam format will be multiple choice and true/false. You will have 50-65 questions with a time frame of 1 hour.

**Attached study guide. ONLINE ebook and online powerpoints to study.

Sociology 360 – Death & Dying
Exam One Study Guide

Be able to understand and apply terms.

Chapter 1, Attitudes Towards Death & Dying: Climate of Change
• Attitudes toward death & influence from media, language, music, literature & arts
• How humor is used in death
• How we feel about our own mortality & awareness of death
• Our death anxiety, fears, and terror management.
• Treatment of death in previous generations versus now
• Life expectancy & mortality then and now
• Causes of death then and now
• How life-extending technologies have changes our approach to death

Chapter 2, Learning About Death: Influences of Sociocultural Forces
• How the mature concept of death develops and the different ages & stages
• Piaget & Erikson theories – know ages & stages
• Socialization and the effects on our learning
• Agents of socialization including family, school/peers, media/literature, religion
• Children’s direct experiences with death and how this affects them
• Theoretical perspectives – social structure, symbolic interactionism, social learning

Chapter 3, Perspectives on Death: Cultural & Historical
• Cultural attitudes towards death
• What causes death
• Power and names of the dead
• Cultural traditions including western culture, native American, African, Mexican, Asian, Celtic, Hawaiian
• Burial customs, deathbed, and invisibility of death
• Death rites

Chapter 5, Health Care: Patients, Staff & Institutions
• Our modern health care system and how it works
• Paying for health care and scarcity of resources
• Caregiving and patient relationship – Caregiver stress and demands
• Communication and how to relay a life-threatening diagnosis
• Care of dying – hospice, palliative care (definitions, programs, approach), home care, social support
• Caring for elderly
• Emergency care and trauma
• How to be with someone who is dying

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