of Life and Death
On this page you will the due dates for reading, writing, and other assignments for the course. Major due dates are highlighted first. The week-by-week due dates for the entire term follow.
You should also read the page about online discussion participation. There aren't official due dates for participation (it's ongoing), but you are still required to do it!
Major Due Dates
There are no due dates listed in the syllabus for the analytic essays and response essays. Your due dates for these assignments will depend on which essays you sign up for.
Everyone's first analytic essay will come due between September 13 and October 4.
Everyone's second analytic essay will come due between October 11 and October 25.
Everyone's third analytic essay will come due between November 1 and December 6.
Everyone's first response essay will come due between September 20 and October 18.
Everyone's second response essay will come due between November 1 and December 6.
Presentation (week of November 15)
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Research Report: due Wednesday, November 17.
Course Log entry #1 due Friday, September 17.
Course Log entry #2 due Wednesday, September 29.
Course Log entry #3 due Wednesday, October 27.
Course Log entry #4 due Wednesday, November 10.
Reports on MUSE and non-MUSE events: all three must be handed in by December 6.
EXAM: Friday, December 17, 9:45 AM-12:00 noon.
Week 2 (Aug. 30, Sept. 1)
In-class writing assignment (in the computer lab): Is death good for you, bad for you, or nothing to you? Explain your answer. (Mon. Aug 30)
Reading Assignment: Nagel, “The Absurd” (CR) (due by class time Wed. Sept. 1)
Week 3 (Sept. 8)
Assignment: Take notes on the second half of The Death of Ivan Ilyich (turn in on Sept. 13)
Reading Assignment: Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, pp. 35-91. (due by class time Wed. Sept 8)
Week 4 (Sept. 13, 15)
Assignments: Course Log entry #1 (due Sept. 17)
Assignment: Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, pp. 92-end. (due by
class time Mon. Sept 13)
Ariès, “Tamed Death”, pp. 7-14 (CR) (due by class time Mon.. Sept 13)
Week 5 (Sept. 20, 22)
Assignment: Visit instructor’s office hours (or make an appointment).
Reading Assignment: Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe, III.26-95, 135-176, 323-336, 418-475, 622-632, 795-1094. (CR) (due by class time Mon. Sept 20)
Week 6 (Sept. 27, 29)
Assignment: Course Log entry #2 (due Sept. 29)
Assignment: Schopenhauer, “On the Suffering of the World”, pp.
“On the Vanity of Existence”, pp. 51-54 (CR) (due by class time Mon. Sept 27)
“On Affirmation and Denial of the Will to Live”, pp. 61-65 (CR).
“On the Indestructibility of Our Essential Being …”, pp. 66-76 (CR).
Kramer, “Tibetan Attitudes Toward Death”, pp. 70-79 (CR) (due by class time Wed. Sept 29)
Week 7 (Oct. 4,6)
Viewing Assignment: The Seventh Seal (due Oct. 4)
Assignment: Kübler-Ross, “On the Fear of Death”, pp. 15-23
“Attitudes Toward Death and Dying”, pp. 25-49 (CR) (due by class time Wed. Oct. 6)
Week 8 (Oct. 11, 13) Library research
Assignments: Formulate a question (or set of questions) you hope to answer in your research; develop a list of keywords for your literature search.
Complete the online SJSU Plagiarism Tutorial (http://tutorials.sjlibrary.org/plagiarism/index.htm)
Week 9 (Oct. 18, 20)
Assignment: Mitford, “The American Way of Death”, pp. 14-19 (CR).
Mitford, “What the Public Wants”, pp. 123-137 (CR).
Ariès, "Forbidden Death", pp. 84-107 (CR).(due by class time Mon. Oct 18)
Week 10 (Oct. 25, 27)
Assignment: Course Log entry #3 (due Oct. 27)
Reading Assignment: Conklin, “ ‘Thus are our bodies, thus was our custom’: mortuary cannibalism in an Amazonian society”, pp. 75-101 (CR). (due by class time Mon. Oct 25)
Week 11 (Nov. 1, 3)
Assignment: Lock, “Displacing Suffering: The Reconstruction of Death
in North America and Japan”, pp. 207-244 (CR).
Callahan, “Death and the Research Imperative”, pp. 654-656 (CR).
Greenberg, “As Good as Dead”, pp. 36-41 (CR). (due by class time Mon. Nov 1)
Week 12 (Nov. 8, 10)
Assignment: Course Log entry #4 (due Nov. 10)
Assignment: Callahan, “Living with the Mortal Self”, pp. 120-155
Behar, “Death and Memory: From Santa María del Monte to Miami Beach”, pp. 34-89 (CR).
(due by class time Mon. Nov 10)
Week 13 (Nov. 15, 17)
Prepare a one-page handout for your classmates.
Research report (due by class time Wed.Nov. 17)
Week 14 (Nov. 22, 24)
Reading Assignment: Edson, Wit (due by class time Mon. Nov 22)
Week 15 (Nov. 29, Dec. 1)
Viewing Assignment: Harold and Maude (due Nov. 29)
Assignment: Heilbrun, “Preface”, pp. 1-10 (CR). “On Mortality”,
pp. 205-215 (CR).
Grigoriadis, “A Death of One’s Own” (CR).(due by class time Wed. Dec 1)
Week 16 (Dec. 6, 8)
Last day to turn in reports on MUSE and non-MUSE activities: Mon., Dec. 6.
FINAL EXAM: Friday, December 17, 9:45 AM - 12:00 noon
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