Five College Consortium

Death and Dying

Subject Name: 
Humanities Arts Cultural Stu
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Hampshire College
In this class we will not only be looking at death as the "only absolute in life," that either "shadows or illuminates our lives" but also the way it is represented in contemporary film, video and media. We could argue that death is the ultimate "media event" in contemporary society. When we are talking about cyborgs, vampires, terrorism, dead princesses, immortal artists, we are thinking about death. However, we will also be looking at social justice movements that defy undignified representations of death and dying such as black joy and Black Lives Matter, The Order of the Good Death, and the socio-political circumstances that surround them, such as social unrest, police brutality, denial of death, catastrophic events and war. This course is a seminar-based class where students will be presenting PowerPoint presentations, still and moving image projects, papers and discussions to engage with the readings and screenings discussed in class.
Arts, Design, and Media Culture, Humanities, and Languages Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research Lab fee: $65. Students are expected to spend an additional 8 hours weekly on work and preparation outside of class time.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Death and Dying
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Patricia Montoya 09:00AM-11:50AM TU;07:00PM-09:00PM TU Jerome Liebling Center 131;Jerome Liebling Center 120