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2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog
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MOR 301 - Intro to Funeral Service

Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
Students will trace the history of funeral service from ancient times with emphasis on the development of funeral practices in the United States, to include current practices in funeral service and contemporary issues affecting funeral services.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Mortuary Science Advanced Standing Diploma Program or completion of General Education courses required for the Funeral Services AAS program.
  1. Develop an active vocabulary of words, terms and concepts associated with funeral services.
    1. Use funeral service related words and terms and concepts properly.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of concepts relating to funeral service.
    3. Collaborate with fellow classmates in discussions of contemporary issues.
  2. Describe the history of funeral services
    1. Recall ancient Egyptian burial customs.
    2. Identify the burial customs of the ancient Greeks.
    3. State the ancient Roman and Christian burial customs that are still in practice today.
    4. Describe the Viking burial customs.
  3. Report on the impact of historical events on funeral services.
    1. Describe President Lincoln’s Gettysburg address and general order 39
    2. Paraphrase the beginning of chemical embalming with attention to the role of the American Civil War.
    3. Describe the origins of classical music, and funeral requiems in the Middle Ages.
  4. Examine the professional organizations of funeral services.
    1. List professional local, state and national organizations for funeral services.
    2. Participate in activities of a funeral director association in your location.
    3. Identify the primary role each of the associations play in funeral services.

Competencies Revised Date: 2019

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