Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This was one of the most influential courses I took at USF. Professor Hinerman is not just a fantastic educator. He is a truly compassionate human being. After taking this course I not only looked at Death and Dying Paradigms in a whole new light, but I also looked at myself in a very different manner. Whether you are a nursing student, or just a curious individual, I would highly recommend this course.
The most interesting topic in this course for me was learning about how much of our own behavior is driven by our fear of death combined with the awareness that death is inevitable. In other words, how our fear and awareness of our own mortality influences our thought processes and actions on a daily basis. Other highlights include: -How different cultures view death -How experience of death for the bereaved has evolved over time -The role that pain and the easing of pain plays in the dying process
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My advice would be to go into this course with an open mind. Be willing to explore and challenge your own ideas around death while gaining new insights and perspectives. I was introduced to a wealth of new knowledge and ideas that helped me reconstruct how I thought about dying and what leads up to it.