Prerequisite: one of the following: 12:153, 12:284, 12:353, 86:284 or permission of Instructor.
This course concerns archaeological, forensic and ethnographic research on the material and cultural domains associated with dying, death and mortuary rites in cross-cultural settings. Lectures and in-class seminar discussions will focus on the diverse ways in which death has been managed, both materially and experientially, in accordance with the socio-cultural, religio-moral, political and historical contexts in which death occurs. Through the use of forensic, bioarchaeological, and ethnographic case studies, which will include an analysis of death in Canadian populations, students will gain deeper insights into the diverse and complex ways in which death, in its many forms and manifestations, is managed by individuals, communities, and nations.
3 lecture hours per week, one term.