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Teaching Death and Dying$
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Christopher M Moreman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335224

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335224.001.0001

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 What Should a Course on Death and Dying Accomplish? “Death Education” in an Undergraduate Religion Course

 What Should a Course on Death and Dying Accomplish? “Death Education” in an Undergraduate Religion Course

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(p.17) 2 What Should a Course on Death and Dying Accomplish? “Death Education” in an Undergraduate Religion Course
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Teaching Death and Dying
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Lucy Bregman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335224.003.0003

This chapter juxtaposes the enterprises of “death education” and “religious studies,” to show how these are normally defined with very different aims in mind. Death education centers upon one's own existential encounters with death and loss, an ideal emergent out of the 1970s death awareness movement. Religion study, on the other hand, aims at the scholarly and detached understanding about the roles of religious traditions in history and society. It has eschewed the goal of increasing personal faith, as part of its legitimation for inclusion in a university setting. Nevertheless, there is room for the goal of “honoring experience” within the death and dying course offered in a religion curriculum, including important non-academic experiences which students already bring into the classroom.

Keywords:   death education, death awareness, religious studies, purpose of death education

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