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Methods in Bioethics

East Baltimore
3rd term
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Jeremy Sugarman

Introduces some of the main methods used in bioethics research, scholarship and practice, including philosophical, legal, historical, religious, qualitative, and quantitative research methods. Describes the strengths and weaknesses of each method in addressing bioethical questions or problems. Illustrates each method with contemporary topical examples. In addition, discusses one cross-cutting example of an issue addressed by all methods.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the range of methods used in bioethics research, scholarship and practice
  2. Select an appropriate method for approaching a bioethical research question
  3. Appraise the benefits of addressing a bioethics issue using different methods
  4. Understand what constitutes rigor in bioethics
  5. Prepare a bioethics grant proposal that employs a method or methods to properly address a particular bioethics problem
Methods of Assessment:

Class Participation: 10%, Quiz: 10%, Short Papers: 30%, Essay: 10%; Class Presentation: 10%, Mock Grant Proposal: 30%

Enrollment Restriction:

Enrollment priority given to MBE students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduate students

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Special Comments:

Course meets in Deering Hall; LLC Room