Course: Life, Dying and Death in the World Religions

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Course title Life, Dying and Death in the World Religions
Course code KOS/P9USN
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 2
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Harbich Martin, Mgr.
Course content
The concept of the person, meaning of his life, understanding of death, funeral rituals: In religions arising from Indian spiritual traditions (Buddhism, Hinduism). Judaism. Islam. Christianity. Excurcus: The religious situation in the Czech Republic.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
The objective of this course are different undarstanding and conceptions of dying and death in major religious traditions. The student is prepared to react to individual spiritual needs of the dying person. He/she understands the issue of dying, death, and burying rituals using a global view of the person and his life and his journey towards a final aim.
The student is prepared to react to individual spiritual needs of the dying person. He understands the issue of dying, death, and funeral rituals using a global view of the person and his life and his journey towards a final goal.
Prerequisites
Not for students of Religious Studies!

Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination, Discussion

Students must prove their knowledge of lectured topics. Work with the literature according the requirements, which will be specified during the first lecture.
Recommended literature
  • Eliade, Mircea. Slovník náboženství. Praha: Argo, 2001. ISBN 80-7203-393-X.
  • HOLÝ, M. a MIKULEC, J. Církev a smrt. Praha: AV ČR, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7286-106-4.
  • CHIDESTER, D. Patterns of Transcendence: Religion, Death and Dying. Belmont, Calif. : Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1990. ISBN 0534117309.
  • KOVÁČ, M., KOVÁCS, A. a PODOLINSKÁ, T. Cesty na druhý svet: Smrť a posmrtný život v náboženstvách sveta. Bratislava : Kronos, 2005.
  • MA'SUMIÁNOVÁ, G. Život po smrti v učení světových náboženství. Brno: Jota, 1996.
  • NEŠPOROVÁ, O. Believer Perspectives on Death and Funeral Practices in a Non-believing Country. Sociologický časopis/Czech Sociological Review. 2007.
  • SMART, N. The World's Religions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • Stejskal, David. Pohřbívání a hřbitovy. Praha: Wolters Kluwer Česká republika, 2011. ISBN 978-80-7357-680-6.
  • Vojtíšek, Zdeněk. Spiritualita v pomáhajících profesích. Praha: Portál, 2012. ISBN 978-80-262-0088-8.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Health Studies Nursing in selected clinical specialties (2014) Health service 2 Winter
Faculty of Health Studies Nursing in selected clinical specialties (2013) Health service 2 Winter