Course Syllabus

Psych 56: Aging, Dying, and Death


Davis Manino

Professor Contact Information

Name: Dr. J. Davis Mannino

Office Telephone: 707- 524 -1742


Office 1544 - First Floor - Emeritus Hall- Santa Rosa Campus

To learn more about your professor "click here" - Dr. J. Davis Mannino


Welcome to the Syllabus page. The syllabus page is like a car engine! Everything evolves around it. As a car would not work without an engine, so an online course would not work without a syllabus. In Canvas, a syllabus is always the most up-to-date component. This is because the syllabus page automatically updates whenever any changes are made anytime at the course website throughout the duration of this course.

The syllabus also provides a series of quick hyperlinks to other important sections of this course website.

Home Page

Welcome and Overview - This page is the "Home Page." It provides a brief and quick overview of the course. Go here first when beginning your review and understanding of directions for this course. Welcome to the course. Now let's have some fun!

Course Description - Psych 56 - Section 5334

This course involves an in-depth analysis of traditional and contemporary psychological perspectives on aging, death, and dying, a discipline more formally called thanatology. In recognition of our "global village" of multiculturalism, a major cultural and diversity component is woven into the course fabric. Particular emphasis will be given to the following death related topics: Sociocultural forces; cultural and historical; mortality and society; patients, staff, and institutions; end-of-life issues and decisions; life threatening illnesses; rites and rituals; dynamics of loss; children, adolescents, and adults issues in death; suicide; risks, perils, and traumatic death, and questions of beyond death and afterlife and personal and social choices.


Calendar - Spring, 2023 - Section 5334 On the left side of this web page you will see 14 useful links. Further to the left of these links (in the gray area) you will find 6 Canvas operational links. The one marked Calendar has great importance and use. The course calendar provides you with a list of important due dates for (1) assignments, (2) exams, and (3) the course workbook project. You may also click on these due dates to preview more detail about each course requirement. This Calendar link in Canvas is always current as this page updates automatically anytime course changes are made throughout the duration of this course. Value it! Use it! You may also find a listing of all course assignments, requirements, and dates at the very end of this Syllabus.

Course Basics

Course Basics - Online Psych 56 - Spring, 2023 - Everything you want to know about this course --- workload, calendar, textbooks, grading policy, student needs, how to study, essay writing, workbook particulars, FAQs, resources, and a lot more. Course Basics is a part of the syllabus link.


The following 15 modules comprise the entire course. Modules are to be completed in sequence. Once inside a module be sure to also complete all tasks and assignments in sequence as well.

Before beginning any of the course modules --- be sure to complete all tasks --- in the section that precedes Module #1, called Module #0. That section is entitled: Module #0: Things To Do Before Starting This Course! You will find this module below or by clicking on the "Modules" link in the "Navigational Toolbar" in the left hand margin of this course website.

New day

Module #0: Course Check List

elderModule #1: Cyberspace

globalModule #2: Global Death

cultureModule #3: History & Culture

angelModule #4: Caregiving

KennyWDModule #5: Facing Death

O is for Occipital Lobe

Module #6: Medical Ethics

elders walkingModule #7: End of Life

griefModule #8: Death Rituals

Legal researchModule #9: Legal Issues

Verano 07Module #10: Children

Dethklok @ Ackerman Grand Ballroom, UCLA (11/01/07) (40)Module #11: Death & Adults

SuicideModule #12: Suicide


Module #13: Risks of Death

Heaven is a place on earthModule #14: Afterlife

DeathModule #15: Path Ahead

Dr. J. Davis Mannino - Revised, January 1, 2023


Course Summary:

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