ERIC Number: EJ1122995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Encountering Mortality: A Decade Later, the Pedagogical Necessity of "Six Feet Under"
Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, v13 n3 p249-260 2016
In today's society, where the Promethean project of mastering the universe seems to guide the scientific community to its last moment of triumph--human immortality--young people seem to lack curricular opportunities to engage with mortality. This is not surprising, as the legacy of psychology, as far back as the times of Freud and Jung, exposes a complicated history of the pathology of grief. Sociologically, the phenomenon of death denial leaves a critical void in our undergraduate classrooms, and there is not much curricular opportunity to have these conversations with our students. This article explores the use of popular culture as pedagogy through the lens of the HBO series "Six Feet Under" to facilitate discourse about living with dying around us.
Descriptors: Death, Popular Culture, Teaching Methods, Coping, Grief, Psychology, Psychological Patterns, Undergraduate Students, Pathology, Theories, Television, Praxis, Emotional Response
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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