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University of Glasgow

End of Life Care: Challenges and Innovation

University of Glasgow via FutureLearn

Overview

Learn about new directions and the latest thinking on end of life care.

Death itself may be certain, but how we die involves many challenges. On this course, you’ll explore the care we receive when dying, cultural variations and beliefs around what makes a good death, and the planning and timing of death.

With increasingly ageing populations, we are living longer but dying more slowly. New ideas around end of life care are therefore emerging in different contexts. You will discover the patterns and global trends taking place in palliative care, and explore these new approaches from a social science and humanities perspective.

It is ideal for anybody considering taking The University of Glasgow’s MSc End of Life Studies

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This course is for people interested in or engaged in matters relating to death, dying, bereavement, palliative and end of life care.

This course will be of special interest to those working in healthcare, including physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health and social care professionals.

The course will also appeal to practitioners, students, researches, volunteers and policymakers in end of life care, as well as social activists and those working in artistic and cultural media who are working on end of life issues.

Taught by

David Clark

Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 139 Class Central reviews

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  • Just finished. This was a very interesting micro course. Not gloomy or depressing or scary at all. I can recommend it (and it's also free! ) There is a fair bit of recommended reading and very good discussion that is worth taking part in, though, so as usual take the estimated hours per week with a grain of salt.
  • Anonymous
    I've just completed this course and it's been fascinating. A great range of topics and all so clearly set out and easy to explore at my own pace. Lots of links to further reading and we were encouraged to engage with others on the course too.

    Very tempted by the MSc! Thanks so much for all the work that's gone into this - I can't believe it's free.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is a challenging subject for everyone. My sincere thanks go to the educators and fellow learners for such a very thought-provoking opportunity, and to FL for enabling peers who wished to share their head and heart thoughts in its safe global environment. The...
  • Anonymous
    Interesting and thought-provoking: we were introduced to the concepts of Death Cafes and Coffin Clubs, end-of-life doulas, rational suicide and personalised funerals. A great course to take on its own, but there are PGDip, PGCert and MSc courses with this provider if you wish to take the studies further.
  • Anonymous
    Good overview of changing attitudes toward death and dying, principally in Global North countries, and some of the specific issues emerging from this shift. I found the material very interesting and enlightening.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course which is both informative and thought provoking. Anyone interested in End of Life care should undertake this course.
    I would highly recommend
  • Anonymous
    This course opens my understanding about End of life care and concepts in different parts of the world. Very helpful in my line of job.
  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed this course and did find out a few things that i did not know. it was an introduction to the Degree . I would recommend this course to other nurses as well as non professionals, with its thought provoking content
  • Anonymous
    This course tackled a very sensitive subject with just the right amount of information along with excellent examples in a variety of settings. This course should be mandatory in schools.
  • Anonymous
    This course provides a lot of social perspectives about death and dying. From the modern medical system, such as hospital, to compassionate community, Death Café, and individual perspectives. The most important thing I learn from here is that the importance...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is designed to give the student a wider perspective about death and other aspects associated with it. It has been a great learning experience to know about assisted suicide, the guidelines behind it. New terms like rational suicide, coffin club, personalised funeral, were very thought provoking and helped me understand ,how rest of the worlsidhandling this natural phenomenon.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A very interesting and challenging course that opens the conversation on death and dying - a topic that needs to be talked about. The content is very relevant. I think one area that is perhaps lacking is the a section on palliative/end of life care as also a very valid choice .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is an excellent course. It is well-designed and progresses naturally. I learnt a lot in the course. The videos are very clearly articulated, and they have good content. The articles are also well-chosen and informative. I'd have liked some quiz or "test".
    Thanks for the good course.
  • Carolyn Brown completed this course.

    This course enabled me to explore and reflect on many questions and experiences I have had with end of life care, death and dying, as a community occupational therapist (OT) and as a human being. I was able to challenge myself and others' ideas, yet...
  • Anonymous
    This was very sensitive and thought provoking subject about something that happens to everyone and should have complete autonomy of. Death and dying is something you very rarely think about especially when you are young and don't have any health problems...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this to be an excellent overview of contemporary issues in end of life matters. The material was easy to understand, well organized, and substantive. I highly recommend this course.
  • Kirk Lothian
    Many of the topics covered in this course have been debated in the media for decades but the participation in the course allowed me to deeply consider my own thoughts on the matter. There were some wonderfully enlightening and encouraging topics highlighting the selfless acts of compassion both abroad and very close to home. New roles within society are discussed and overall a very positive experience which I was quite surprised about, considering the gravity of the topic.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Interesting and thought provoking course covering all aspects of dying.
    Well organised content and plenty of opportunities for discussion.
    Overall an excellent and highly enjoyable course
  • Anonymous
    Throughout history, including our modern society, death has been the"taboo" subject.

    However, this course represents a refreshing and enlightening approach. Involving many different streams, some of the main components are focused on helping us to think about death and dying as an important part of life" and invite us through rescuing valuable new and old concepts, the necessary respect to reflect about it.
  • Anonymous
    In this human planet. Nothing is permanent. But everything is possible for those who can see and strive. Time for everything _ a time for living and a time for dying. We all can only live at different time line of human history since the human society...

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