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SO4565: SEX, DEATH AND THE AFTERLIFE (2020-2021)

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Course Overview

This course explores the key existential questions in the modern world.  Through a series of theoretical approaches and case studies it examines the changes in individuals' understanding of sex, the meaning of life, and death.  The overarching theme of the course focuses on the changing attitudes and practices surrounding existential issues in light of an increasingly secularised social context.  As church involvement and knowledge of Christian beliefs have declined, people have little choice but to become increasingly inventive, which in turn affects the shape of the modern self.  The course addresses these individual and cultural shifts through a sociological framework.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Marta Trzebiatowska

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Sociology (SO)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

This course explores the key existential concerns - sex, death and the possibility of an afterlife - through a sociological lens.  In part one, we begin by examining the social and historical construction of human sexuality.  Key topics covered are the science of sex, sexualisation of modern societies, and pornography as the commodification of sex. Part two of the course deals with the questions of death, dying, burial and mourning practices, as well as representations of death in popular culture, from celebrities to vampires.  In part three we take a look at the changing images of life after death in modern societies.  We finish by briefly exploring the human quest for immortality through a variety of examples, ranging from ancient mythology to latest scientific discoveries.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 34, 38

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Summative Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks 36,37,38 Feedback Weeks 44

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Learning Outcomes
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2 x 2500 word essays

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 30,35 Feedback Weeks 33,38

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Formative Assessment

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