PAL140 - Psychological and Social Implications

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-13 14:32:45.486
Last review date 2018-07-13 14:32:45.487

Subject Title
Psychological and Social Implications

Subject Description
This course is designed to enable students to develop the basic knowledge and skills required to understand psychological and social implications in oncology and palliative care patients and their families throughout the trajectory of the cancer experience. Topics to be
explored include historical views on cancer, coping, factors afffecting coping and helping relationship, secuality and oncology, crisis management,psychosocial issues in Cancer/Palliative care and burnout and ethical issues.

Credit Status
One Credit towards Palliative Care certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Define 'palliative care"
2. Explain the meaning of "active dying"
3. Identify the grief stages presented in a variety of models
4. Identify emotional reactions to a diagnosis of a life threatening illness
5. Outline positive and negative coping mechanisms and their effects as they relate to the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness.
6. Define pain and explain theories relating to pain including the psychosocial aspects of pain.
7. Discuss the issues and challenges relating to sexuality in respect to palliative patients
8. Explain the process and dimensions of grief
9. Identify caregiver stress/burnout in themselves and others and outline techniques to deal with caregiver stress
10. Explain the importance of effective communication and relationship building in palliative care.
11. Educate patients and families regarding "The Health Care Consent Act", power of attorney and advance directives
12. Describe the social issues arising in palliative care and the role of advocacy
13. Discuss spirituality and how it relates to coping with a palliative diagnosis. 1
14. Present theories/concepts pertaining to ethics and how they relate to palliative care patients

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline
Emotional response
Pain and Symptom Management
Grief Process

Mode of Instruction
This subject is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
Palliative Care Perspectives
James L. Hallenbeck
Oxford University Press, New York
ISBN 0195165780

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Personal Journal (x2) 20%
Article Critique (x2) 20%
Case Study Analysis 30%
Class Forum Participation 15%
Movie Critique 15%
Total 100%

Approved by: Lisa Harfield