CR6805: Complex Loss: Grief, Trauma and Social Context

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 8, Max 50.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 150hr(s) Other (self-directed learning with online programme materials); 12min(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities - personal online tutoring and online group discussion); 50hr(s) Other (reading and reflective practice)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Orla Lynch, Department of Sociology.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, Staff, WAVE Trauma Centre.
Module Objective: The purpose of this module is to have students engage with contemporary sociological debates on how the grief experience is impacted by its surrounding social contexts, including the context of traumatic historic experiences.
Module Content: 1. Introduction to grief; societal responses and expectations.
2. Transcending symptomology - social and cultural pathologies.
3. Public traumatisation - grieving in the public sphere.
4. Gendered assumptions of grieving.
5. Grief - the sociology of emotions.
6. Transgenerational trauma; grief and the family.
7. Grief and young people in a conflict environment.
8. Chronic and unresolved grief - addressing historical trauma.
9. Examining Social Change; Social Pahologies in post-conflict societies.
10. Grief and trauma in the context of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Describe the field of inquiry outlining its historical development, scope and methodologies.
  • Identify key sociological theories and define key concepts and ideas.
  • Criticise topics and issues and evaluate issues and debates.
  • Evaluate the current strengths and limitations of the sociological literature on grief.
  • Theorise about the grief experience as it interacts with differing social contexts.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 2,000 word reflective assignment, 100 marks; 1 x 2,000 word case study, 100 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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