Nicholas Christakis, a professor of medical sociology at Harvard, has been posting podcasts from his Life & Death in the USA: Medicine and Disease in Social Context classhere.
The three classes on death and dying are excellent:
The Nature of Dying in the U.S.
The Role of Prognostication in End-of-Life Care
Selected Ethical Aspects of End-of-Life Care
"We will explore the nature of dying in the U.S. and what might be done to improve end-of-life care. We will consider the nature of a good death, how death affects family members, and where death occurs. We will examine how social policy or clinical arrangements affect the experience of dying.We will especially focus on the role of physician decision-making and on ethical aspects of terminal care, including decisions about euthanasia and life support withdrawal. During this set of sessions on the care of the terminally ill, we shall also begin to consider the process by which physicians are socialized to their role as doctors. How does physician training influence health care delivery and patient experience?"