Exploration of the ways in which American cemeteries, burial practices, and grieving for the dead are studied.
Dates: July 2 - August 10, 2018
This course explores some of the ways in which American cemeteries are studied by historians who recognize them as a major feature of the American landscape. We will consider cemeteries as a historical document reflecting past and present cultural beliefs, and cultural change. This course has a practical field component that involves working in a neighborhood cemetery putting the historical methods learned in the course into practice. This will involve investigating the spatial arrangement of grave plots, gravestone types, cemetery plantings, cemetery boundaries and structures, and the documentary and visual records of the cemetery and those buried there. This work will also help to reveal the local relationships between the dead, living, and their god.
No textbook purchase will be necessary for this course. By the end of the course, you should be able to: 1. Explain how and why historians study cemeteries. 2. Discuss the information learned from conducting an investigation of the spatial arrangement of grave plots, gravestone types and materials, cemetery plantings, cemetery boundaries, and cemetery structures. 3. Identify basic styles of gravestones in America and understand the meaning of some of the typical symbols that appear on them. 4. Describe select burial practices and customs concerning the dead in America from the colonial period to present. 5. Outline the historical development of the American cemetery and burial practices from the colonial period to present.
Course Assignments Online Blog Posts entries (4 @ 50 pts each) 200 Cemetery Project field research 100 historical research 100 cemetery booklet 100 Online Open-Book Exams (2 @ 250 pts each) 500 Total Points 1000
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