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AIN702 - Religious and Cultural Practices of Bereavement and Interment


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Philip Bachelor




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

A weekly 1-hour Blackboard Collaborate class will be offered to students during Trimester via CloudDeakin


Cemetery managers face many challenges today in a multi-cultural, mutli-religious society. Balancing the needs of a complex range of religious and cultural beliefs around death, grief and interment, and dealing sensitively with the needs of grieving relatives, against all the other regulatory and contextual factors is enormously demanding.

This unit surveys the beliefs of major world religions and emerging cultural practices impacting on cemetery services in contemporary society, as well as a secular worldview, with a focus on death, interment and grieving. It then explores some principles for providing cemetery services in a manner that is sensitive to the needs of grieving clients from diverse backgrounds.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critically examine and evaluate the needs and expectations of diverse mourners to generate cemetery services that balance regulatory and stakeholder requirements

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Systematically examine common death and afterlife beliefs, and interment and mourning practices across different sociocultural, secular and religious traditions to provide services that are appropriate to diverse groups experiencing bereavement

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Apply informed and respectful awareness of various beliefs and practices in communications with mourners of diverse backgrounds

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities 

GLO2: Communication


Critically reflect on personal religious and secular beliefs around burial, cremation and internment to better provide empathetic leadership and service for multiple stakeholders

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Critical Essay 2500 words 50% Information not yet available 
Assessment 2 - Strategic Plan 2500 Words 50% Information not yet available 

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIN702 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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