There is one thing I am sure about: we are all going to die. But given the certainty of death, it is sometimes surprising how much of a taboo it is in our society. In his most famous book On the shortness of life, Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca writes that one’s life philosophy is dictated by his view on death. This course aims to introduce students with the ways in which different academic disciplines view and study death, mortality, aging and the afterlife. In this course, students will approach Death from 4 perspectives: political, scientific, cultural and legal. The overarching objective of this course is to inspire, using death as an example, the students to examine and evaluate other fundamental questions using the approaches introduced by this course. This course is a useful way to start a young person’s university life, as it illustrates how academic methodologies can be used to provide the conceptual framework for dealing with some of the most fundamental events in his/her life.