Indiana University Northwest

Course Description

Jennifer June Anderson
BSW and MSW Field Coordinator
Division of Social Work

Office: Dunes Med/Prof 3170
Phone: 219-981-4201

Online Course Offered:
Summer II

Course Description  

This is an elective, issue-oriented, social work course on the policy and practice issues in loss, grief, death, and dying across the life span for diverse populations. The major educational goal is to evaluate and understand the many problems and key resources relevant to social work practice with persons encountering grief, loss, death and bereavement in the context of health care settings. Students will attain knowledge, values and skills to meet the demands for entry level practice with clients (and their families) encountering chronic or terminal illness.

This course evaluates the biomedical, cultural, philosophical, psychological and social variables that impact the individual, his/her family and the various systems of care for those who are confronting loss, grief, death and bereavement in response to chronic or terminal illness. Aspects of course require the application of social work practice strategies, i.e., specific interventions and systems of care for diverse populations. The course teaching methods include class exercises, presentations, assigned readings, reflection papers, lectures, and online discussions of both the content and supplemental materials.

Course Goals and Objectives  

1. To examine the major biomedical factors involved in death and dying.

2. To evaluate the key cultural forces which shape common responses to death, and dying, grief, loss, and bereavement.

3. To analyze the predominant legal, ethical and moral philosophical issues surrounding loss, grief, death, and dying.

4. To assess the major social factors which influence individual, familial and societal response to loss, grief, death, and dying.

5. To appraise the primary psychosocial dynamics and variables which underlie individual and familial responses to loss, grief, death, and dying.

6. To explain the dynamics of death, dying, loss, grief, and bereavement as a multifaceted process which impacts clients with chronic or terminal illness and their families.

7.  To identify and critically assess current trends in social work practice for health care delivery to diverse populations with chronic and/or terminal illness.
Course Activities  

Week 1

July 1st, 2013

Chapter 1

Forums: Introduction, Posting

& Responses

Part 1 Test

Week 2

July sth, 2013

Chapters 2, 3, 4, & 5

Forums: Posting & Responses

Part 2 Test

Week  3

July 15th, 2013

Chapters6, 7, &8

Forums: Posting & Responses

Part 3 Test

For a complete list of activities please view the syllabus
Course Syllabus  


SWK S696: Social Work Practice with Death, Dying, Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

Online Course Syllabus

Time: Online

Place: Online

Instructor: Jennifer June Anderson

Office: Dunes Med/Prof 3170 

Phone: (219) 981-4201