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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Uldis Vēgners
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Medicine
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Philosophy; Philosophical Anthropology


To introduce students to philosophical approaches to death and dying, focusing on metaphysical, epistemological, existential, ethical and social questions concerning this topic.


Not necessary.

Learning outcomes


Students know and understand the major philosophical topics and issues concerning death and dying (metaphysical, epistemological, existential, ethical and cultural), as well as the main concepts related to these issues (death, euthanasia, assisted suicide, posthumous harm, social death). They will also be able to evaluate the importance of philosophical topics concerning death and dying in the context of health care.


Students can describe and compare different approaches to death and dying, form their position and provide arguments, analyse and critically evaluate topic related philosophical issues in health and social care. Students apply the acquired knowledge to evaluate their own and societal attitudes toward death and dying people.


Students are able to understand, interpret and analytically evaluate philosophical aspects of death and dying. Using the acquired knowledge, students are able to participate in academic and public discussions concerning issues of death and dying. Students are also be able to analyse a variety of problems related to the health care practices concerning death and dying.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMFz2Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Medicine, SSNMF2Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners
Medicine, MF2Master’sLimited choiceUldis Vēgners