End of Life Care: Challenges and Innovation
About CourseThe University of Glasgow
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.
You’ll also be learning from health and care experts at the University of Glasgow, recently ranked as offering the number one online healthcare course and number 14 online health and medicine course by Class Central, a search engine ranking the top online classes of all time.
What topics will you cover?
- Defining dying and end of life
- ‘Good’ and ‘bad’ dying
- Hospital care at the end of life
- How communities around the world are creating new ways to deliver palliative care for people with chronic and terminal illnesses – the example of Kerala, in India
- How ‘compassionate communities’ are forming to work alongside service providers to meet the challenges of loneliness, isolation and the experience of ‘social death’ – the example of Clydebank, in Scotland
- Examining the fast growing world-wide interest in the movement known as ‘Death Café’
- Many people want to take direct control over how they die. Where is assisted dying legal and what are its implications – for the meaning of death, the practice of palliative care and the ‘right to choose’?
- Rational suicide – an emerging response to the desire for direct control over the manner of one’s death, especially among older people
- How modern individuals seek to ‘curate’ their dying process and the rituals that follow it
Who will you learn with?
I am a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow with the End of Life Studies Group at the University of Glasgow. I am a medical anthropologist who is interested in interdisciplinary research on the end of life.
I am Lecturer in Social Science and Director of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group. I am a social and visual anthropologist and am interested in cultural aspects of ageing and dying.
Who developed the course?
The University of Glasgow
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
World ranking: Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020
What Will I Learn?
- Remember key elements and discussions in the end of life care challenges that are being faced around the world, including important metrics
- Understand the implications of these issues, debates and metrics for policy making, service organisation, clinical practice and public involvement
- Apply these understandings to specific situations with which learners will be presented in the course materials – through specific micro-case studies – and sharing their own experiences and ideas in discussion with others
- Analyse current debates on end of life care in ways which lead to comparisons between different settings
- Evaluate and make critical judgements based on research evidence about existing and new approaches to end of life care and potential solutions to problems identified
- Create new scenarios for future end of life care based on an analysis of needs, conflicting debates, best practice and the potential for innovation