Catalog 2017-2018 
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Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

FSE 130 Funeral Service Sociology and Psychology

4 credits
This course is a survey of the basic principles of sociology, psychology and counseling as they relate to funeral service. Especially stressed are family structures, social structures, grief, bereavement, mourning and crisis intervention with particular emphasis on the role of the funeral director.

Prerequisites: BIOL& 175 , BUS& 201 , ENGL& 101 , and MATH& 107  

Quarters Offered: Winter, Summer

Global Outcomes:
This course teaches to the global outcome of Intercultural Appreciation.

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Explain the application and role of sociology and psychology in funeral service
  • Describe the cultural requirements and cultural diversities of each family the funeral director is privileged to serve
  • Identify the family governing systems found in our society
  • Describe theories of grief
  • Explain how grief affects various family structures
  • Describe issues relating to children and death
  • Identify and empathize with the different types of family structures
  • Recognize the changing social factors which affect funeral rites and the families that are served by the funeral directors
  • Recognize the role of the deceased in the family structure and the effect of the death on that family’s structure
  • Differentiate between grief counseling and grief therapy
  • Recognize when to make referrals to appropriate community resources

Total Hours: 40 Lecture Hours: 40