READING MATERIAL (required)
Elements of Moral Philosophy, James Rachel. Edition: 4th, May 2002 ; ISBN: 007282574X
Cross Cultural Perspectives in Medical Ethics, Second Edition. Robert M. Veatch, Ph.D., Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. ISBN: 0763713325;
I will assign readings in advance
COURSE OBJECTIVESThe Guidelines for Senior Seminar in Exploring the Human Condition: Guidelines for a Joint Core Curriculum state that give the student:
Many of these can be summarized in the first objective below. The main objectives of this course are to:
In order to analyze, synthesize and evaluate complex situation, students must first learn relevant facts and ideas, translate them in meaningful ways, interpret information by forming relationships among different ideas, and apply their understanding to new problems. Any topics could be used to facilitate the acquisition of critical thinking skills, but you will apply our new skills to an understanding of biomedical and public health issues. It is impossible to develop logical and morally defensible ideas without understanding the basic information of a field. You need content to develop and defend your ideas.
MY PHILOSOPHY ON INTEGRATION OF SENIOR SEMINAR AND STUDY ABROAD IN BEIBEI
A Senior Seminar course offered in China must be different than the same Senior Seminar offered at CSB/SJU. Obviously two major goals of your China experience are to immerse yourself and get to know Chinese culture and to develop relationships with Chinese people. At the same time, it is important to fulfill the requirements of a senior seminar course. You must be held accountable for both. Hence your grade for Senior Seminar will reflect not only your efforts in Senior Seminar class, but your efforts in engaging in your Chinese experience.
GROUP WORK - Learning Through Discussion (LTD)
Most of our class will involve small and large group discussions of assigned reading. In LTD, you must first relate what the author stated, apply what you learned to other situations, and then evaluate the new ideas. These steps involve memory, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. We will follow a specific format for LTD which will follow a specific thee-part plan. The LTD plan was taken from the book, Learning Through Discussion, 3rd. edition, by Rabow et. al.(1994), which is out-of-print.
Please note: Disrespectful and rude behavior on your part toward the Chinese people and other participants on the trip will not only lower your grade for Senior Seminar, but might also jeopardize your very participation in the trip!
High level: Have the characteristics of a medium level of participation and in addition:
FINAL PRESENTATION AND PAPER
This will include a presentation and a 10-12 page paper focusing on a specific, modern biomedical ethics issue.
Detailed Information on Final Paper/Presentation
1. Meet expectation of students outlined by CSB/SJU and myself
2. Participation in all group meetings, lectures, receptions and excursions is mandatory.
CHANGES IN COURSE/SYLLABUS
I reserve the right to change the course and syllabus during the semester to accommodate changes in the course that I deem necessary to improve it.
Last update on 04/29/2007