Sociology of Birth and Death (3)
Course Level: Undergraduate
One of the few common denominators among human beings is that each of us was born into this world and each of us will die. This course examines the sociological dimensions of human "entry and exit." It focuses on how society supports, controls, and constrains our arrival into and departure from the social world. The social, organizational, and cultural dimensions of birth and death are considered in terms of rites of passage, bureaucratization, social movements, cultural differences, and historical and contemporary contexts. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: a sociology course.