Single Doctoral-Level Psychology Courses
At CalSouthern, students may enroll in a course at the doctoral level without committing to a degree program. It’s a great option for students who want to:
- Get a feel for online learning at CalSouthern before pursuing a doctoral degree
- Earn credits that can be applied toward a doctorate at CalSouthern or another institution*
- Gain knowledge and expertise at the highest academic level in a topic of particular interest
Choose any of the doctoral courses from the CalSouthern’s School of Psychology. You’ll find a vast selection of subjects available, on topics as diverse as addiction, human sexuality, trauma, sports psychology, domestic violence and neuroscience.
Getting started is a quick and simple process. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. A master’s degree is not required to take doctoral-level courses. (However, if you wish to commit to CalSouthern’s Doctor of Psychology program, a master’s degree is a prerequisite.) Courses start every month; you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!
*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
PSY 87533 Psychology of Death and Dying
This course explores all aspects in the process of loss and death. The focus of study includes attitudes towards death, historical and current, incorporated into theory and practice and the integration of conceptual knowledge within the human experience. The Learner will explore multicultural beliefs and rituals surrounding dying, death and bereavement.Learning Outcomes:
- Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
- Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
- Explore community resources for dealing with terminal illnesses, death and the survivors
- Integrate task-based approaches for individuals and families coping with dying and death
- Examine research on major aspects of dying and the grieving process
- Differentiate how attitudes toward death have changed over time
- Compare multicultural customs and rituals of death and dying
- Discriminate the legal and ethical aspects of dying
- Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
- Evaluate, incorporate and demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology