Comment: The course is cross-listed with Health and Medical Sciences C133 and UGIS C133.
Taken with Micco and Laqueur. They switched off teaching lectures, because Micco is a palliative care MD and Laqueur is a history professor.
20% section participation, 25% one-page response readings due every week before section, 25% midterm, 30% final paper.
The class was so interesting. We talked about attitudes toward death, euthanasia, diagnosis of death, how to die well, death and the hospital, truth telling and bad news, putting the body to rest, and legal issues regarding assisted suicide. If you want to learn about death from a historical/medical standpoint, this course is perfect. The lectures expanded upon the readings (it's ok if you miss some lectures, but explanations and student input are really interesting), and you read from novels and an online course reader. Keep up with readings and you're golden. I also fell behind in the readings and was fine. If I remember correctly, there were 5 possible essay prompts for the midterm, three were on the exam, and you had to write 2. They were very broad, and often times you could talk about multiple readings and still answer the prompt well. The final essay was really fun to research, you can write on anything you're interested in, and you can use some of the course readings. Also, you need to participate in section. I talked 3-5 times for the entire group discussion, and even though I talked a lot when we broke into smaller groups, I lost some points for not talking as much when the entire section is having one discussion.