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Death, Dying and Bereavement, Short Course

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By studying the Death, Dying and Bereavement programme offered by The Open University UK you will explore the social context of death and dying, considering the impact on end of life care and bereavement support.


What shapes understandings of death and dying, and how does this affect the experiences of dying people, bereaved people, those who work with them, and their carers?

You’ll engage with real life examples which will enable you to think critically about how practice in this area can be improved. The Death, Dying and Bereavement programme offered by The Open University UK is relevant to those working with dying people and their families, or anyone who wants to find out more about death, dying and bereavement.

You will learn

Through studying the module you will not only learn about key concepts in the field of death, dying and bereavement, but you will also develop important academic, employability and reflective skills that will be transferable beyond the module. This module also presents a range of material that will be highly relevant and applicable to different practice settings.

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and provide you with some one-to-one support, for example via telephone or an internet based communication system. Your tutor will also mark and comment on your written work, and you can ask them for advice and guidance. Part of your tuition is delivered online through online tutor group activities, so you will have access to your tutor through email and online discussion forums.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support

Programme Structure

The module is designed around three key blocks of study:

  • Block 1: In the first block, you'll be introduced to the social context of death and dying, exploring what shapes our attitudes towards death and how individual and societal views about death impact upon end of life care. 
  • Block 2: You will look in more detail at the policy context for end of life care, and consider how this translates in day-to-day practice. You'll explore how difficult ethical decisions about people’s treatment and support are made, while engaging with hotly debated topics such as Assisted Dying. 
  • Block 3: In the final block, you'll consider individual experiences of grief, as well as social and cultural responses towards those who are bereaved. The learning guides will enable you to explore and challenge traditional theories of grief and their applicability to contemporary experiences of grief and bereavement. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

This is an OU level 2 module and you need to have the study skills required for both higher education and distance learning, obtained either through OU level 1 study or from equivalent study elsewhere.

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