Academic Calendar - 2018

Western University Academic Calendar. - 2018

Courses


Course Numbering

0001-0999* Pre-University level introductory courses
1000-1999 Year 1 courses
2000-4999 Senior-level undergraduate courses
5000-5999 Professional Degree courses in Dentistry, Education, Law, Medicine and Theology (MTS, MDiv)
6000-6999 Courses offered by Continuing Studies
9000-9999 Graduate Studies courses

* These courses are equivalent to pre-university introductory courses and may be counted for credit in the student's record, unless these courses were taken in a preliminary year. They may not be counted toward essay or breadth requirements, or used to meet modular admission requirements unless it is explicitly stated in the Senate-approved outline of the module.


Suffixes

no suffix 1.0 course not designated as an essay course
A 0.5 course offered in first term
B 0.5 course offered in second term
A/B 0.5 course offered in first and/or second term
E 1.0 essay course
F 0.5 essay course offered in first term
G 0.5 essay course offered in second term
F/G 0.5 essay course offered in first and/or second term
H 1.0 accelerated course (8 weeks)
J 1.0 accelerated course (6 weeks)
K 0.75 course
L 0.5 graduate course offered in summer term (May - August)
Q/R/S/T 0.25 course offered within a regular session
U 0.25 course offered in other than a regular session
W/X 1.0 accelerated course (full course offered in one term)
Y 0.5 course offered in other than a regular session
Z 0.5 essay course offered in other than a regular session

Glossary


Prerequisite

A course that must be successfully completed prior to registration for credit in the desired course.


Corequisite

A course that must be taken concurrently with (or prior to registration in) the desired course.


Antirequisite

Courses that overlap sufficiently in course content that both cannot be taken for credit.


Essay Courses

Many courses at Western have a significant writing component. To recognize student achievement, a number of such courses have been designated as essay courses and will be identified on the student's record (E essay full course; F/G/Z essay half-course).


Principal Courses

A first year course that is listed by a department offering a module as a requirement for admission to the module. For admission to an Honors Specialization module or Double Major modules in an Honors Bachelor degree, at least 3.0 courses will be considered principal courses.



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Thanatology


An interdisciplinary overview of major themes and attitudes regarding death, loss, grief, and bereavement. Topics include the Death System, personal death awareness, ethical issues, end of life care, supporting grieving individuals, funeral practices, and cultural issues in the field.

Antirequisite(s): The former Thanatology 2200.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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An interdisciplinary overview of current trends, practices, and issues in the field of Thanatology. Topics include the children’s responses to loss and grief, death in popular culture, sexuality in Thanatology-related contexts, diversity in Thanatology, suicide, and professional issues.

Antirequisite(s): The former Thanatology 2200.

Prerequisite(s): Thanatology 1025A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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Interdisciplinary overview of palliative care philosophy and its implementation. Topics include response to terminal/chronic illness, distinction between palliative care and traditional medical models, pain and symptom control, the team approach, site of care, communication issues, and psychological and spiritual needs of dying patients and their families.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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A study of bereavement and grief, with a review of topics such as attachment theory, the normal course of grief, current research and trends in bereavement theory and interventions, factors influencing the grief response, and specific types of loss and specific populations and grief.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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An examination of children's understanding of death, the dying child, children and funerals, specific ages and interventions for the grieving child, the family system and death, and death and trauma in children.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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A study of suicide with emphasis on North American culture. Topics will include the epidemiology of suicide and current research on suicide, suicide across the life span, theories about suicide, suicide prevention, intervention, and grief after a suicide.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Exploration of adjustment to change, transition, and loss from the perspective of bereavement theory and research. Concepts relevant to losses which are not associated with death, but which are associated with grief and adjustment issues, such as aging, chronic illness, adoption, relationship dissolution, and immigration will be explored.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Exploration of how portrayals of social norms for death, dying and bereavement are presented in popular culture and how these portrayals reflect and affect social policy, social norms, and contemporary thinking about death-related issues. Death-related themes will be examined in film media, contemporary writing, television and mass-media markets, music, art, and the internet.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Reading and discussion or academic project on selected topics in Thanatology. Open only to students taking the Minor module in Thanatology or the Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Studies.

Prerequisite(s): Thanatology 2225A/B (or the former Thanatology 2200).

Extra Information: 3 hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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Reading and discussion or academic project on selected topics in Thanatology. Open only to students taking the Minor module in Thanatology or the Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Studies.

Prerequisite(s): Thanatology 2225A/B (or the former Thanatology 2200).

Extra Information: 3 hours.

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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Course descriptions available at times of registration.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Course descriptions available at times of registration.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Course descriptions available at times of registration.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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This course will address relevant issues and skills for both professionals and non-professionals, who wish to be better able to communicate with others who are seriously ill, dying or bereaved. Experiential focus on specific aspects of communication and skill-building with emphasis on end of life care and bereavement.

Antirequisite(s): the former Grief and Bereavement Studies 6002 (Western Continuing Studies).

Extra Information: 3 hours, 8 weeks online with a required weekend workshop (9AM to 4 PM both days), plus one exam day TBA.

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A study of existing literature and expressive arts (film, visual arts, music, etc.) related to loss and grief will be integrated with student observations, accounts of related life experiences, and personal creations.

Antirequisite(s): the former Grief and Bereavement Studies 6005 (Western Continuing Studies).

Extra Information: 3 hours, 8 weeks online, mixed methods format, with a required weekend workshop (9 AM to 4 PM both days), plus one exam day TBA.

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Overview of various philosophical, spiritual, and religious understandings of death. Topics will include the search for meaning, philosophical and existential understandings of death, socialization and culture in value formation, suffering, hope, and transcendence as they apply to death, dying, and bereavement.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Designed to integrate current research in bereavement with appropriate counselling interventions for various types of losses, and with various populations. Topics include an overview of various counselling theories, review of bereavement theories and research, interventions with grieving families, complicated and traumatic grief, and self-care for professional caregivers.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Exploration of how access to resources, oppression, economic factors, culture, and ethnicity affects aspects of death, dying, and grief. Students will be encouraged to evaluate social influences, explore various aspects of cultural competence, and develop an appreciation of diversity in the context of Thanatology-related themes.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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An exploration of the intersection between grief, loss, and trauma in a variety of contexts. Theories of grief and trauma intervention will be applied to the role of first responders, death notification, traumatic response teams, unique features of sudden loss, and implications for treatment of survivors in various populations, as well as professional caregiver issues.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Overview of ethical issues pertinent to end of life and bereavement aftercare. Exploration of various theoretical frameworks and specific relevant topics such as euthanasia, assisted suicide, informed choice and decision-making capacity, patient rights, research ethics, medical futility, resource allocation, and quality of life issues.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Students will be exposed to various care providers in the community that work with individuals and families facing death and experiencing grief after a loss. Focus will be on integration of theoretical knowledge with clinical application. Students with a clinical focus and background will be given priority.

Prerequisite(s): Thanatology 2225A/B (or the former Thanatology 2200), Thanatology 2230A/B, Thanatology 2231A/B.

Extra Information: Class meets for 8 hours each Monday for the first seven weeks of term. Practicum is 45 additional hours in placement setting.

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Prerequisite(s): Registration in a Thanatology module, Grief and Bereavement Certificate Program, 3rd or 4th year standing in another program, or special permission.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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Course Descriptions available at time of registration.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in a Thanatology module, Grief and Bereavement Certificate Program, 3rd or 4th year standing in another program, or special permission.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours

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Course Descriptions available at time of registration.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in a Thanatology module, Grief and Bereavement Certificate Program, 3rd or 4th year standing in another program, or special permission.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours

Course Weight: 0.50
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Course Descriptions available at time of registration.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in a Thanatology module, Grief and Bereavement Certificate Program, 3rd or 4th year standing in another program, or special permission.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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Course Descriptions available at time of registration.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in a Thanatology module, Grief and Bereavement Certificate Program, 3rd or 4th year standing in another program, or special permission.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours

Course Weight: 0.50
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Course Descriptions available at time of registration.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in a Thanatology module, Grief and Bereavement Certificate Program, 3rd or 4th year standing in another program, or special permission.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours

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An exploration of current trends in theory and practice relevant to response to acute, traumatic events. Both current research and clinical implications related to crisis response and the impact of traumatic loss will be covered.

Antirequisite(s): the former Grief and Bereavement Studies 6001 (Western Continuing Studies).

Extra Information: 3 hours; 8 weeks online, mixed methods format, with a required weekend workshop (9 AM to 4 PM both days), plus one exam day TBA.

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An exploration of the role that grief support groups play in facilitating healing after significant loss events, including the distinction between different types of groups and their appropriate use for given contexts.

Antirequisite(s): the former Grief and Bereavement Studies 6003 (Western Continuing Studies).

Extra Information: 3 hours.

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An exploration of the specialized care involved in loss, death, and grief, including complexities in care models, politics and structural issues, and challenges to the provision of compassionate care in thanatology-related contexts.

Antirequisite(s): the former Grief and Bereavement Studies 6006 (Western Continuing Studies).

Extra Information: 3 hours.

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Students will have an opportunity to become familiar with current research and clinical practices that relate to various loss and grief experiences.

Extra Information: 3 hours, 8 weeks online with a required weekend workshop (9AM to 4PM both days), plus one exam day TBA.

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Students will have an opportunity to become familiar with critical theory concepts as they relate to Thanatology. Students will examine the underpinnings of critical theory, and explore topics such as social class structure, social and political institutions, and social policy relevant to Thanatology.

Antirequisite(s): The former Thanatology 3311F/G.

Prerequisite(s): Thanatology 3322A/B and Thanatology 3355A/B (or written permission from the Thanatology Coordinator).

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Students will explore various forms of formal inquiry in the field of Thanatology. Topics include conducting a detailed literature review, formulating research questions, exploring measures used in Thanatology research, and determining appropriate methods for inquiry. Research that is notable in its contribution to the field will be reviewed and discussed.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in either Honors Specialization or Honors Double Major in Thanatology with completion of Introductory statistics requirement (Sociology 2205A/B) and Interdisciplinary Studies 2252F/G. Statistical Sciences 1024A/B may be substituted for Sociology 2205A/B, but is less preferable.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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This course will build on knowledge developed in Thanatology 4401F/G, allowing students the opportunity to develop their own design and methodology in a Thanatology related context, and gain experience in the implementation of a research design, along with the reporting and documentation of findings.

Prerequisite(s): Thanatology 4401F/G and registration in year three or four of an Honors Double Major in Thanatology.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Senior Thanatology students will synthesize what they have learned, as well as examine current topics in the field. The broad thematic framework will be the relevance and applicability of Thanatology-related topics to social, political, community, and individual contexts. The course will be discussion driven, with a senior research paper at the conclusion.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in either an Honors Specialization or Honors Double Major in Thanatology with completion of Thanatology 3322A/B and Thanatology 3355A/B, or written permission from the Thanatology Coordinator.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

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Course description to be provided at the time of registration.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in a Thanatology module, Grief and Bereavement Certificate Program, 3rd or 4th year standing in another program, or special permission.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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Course description to be provided at the time of registration.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in a Thanatology module, Grief and Bereavement Certificate Program, 3rd or 4th year standing in another program, or special permission.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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Course description to be provided at the time of registration.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in a Thanatology module, Grief and Bereavement Certificate Program, 3rd or 4th year standing in another program, or special permission.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours.

Course Weight: 0.50
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