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700.605.01 Critical Reasoning for Bioethics I

Berman Institute (Bioethics)
1st term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Mon 09/02/2019 - Fri 10/25/2019
Class Times:
  • Monday,  5:30 - 7:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Travis Rieder
Course Instructor s:
  • Travis N. Rieder
  • Anne Barnhill

This course introduces students to critical reasoning skills that are widely used in bioethics research and practice, including identifying arguments, mapping those arguments, critically assessing those arguments, and critical writing.

Introduces critical thinking skills needed to do bioethics work. Introduces argument mapping techniques and gives students practice extracting arguments from texts and mapping those arguments. Introduces students to common strengths and weaknesses of arguments and gives students practice in evaluating arguments. Explains the features of good argumentative prose and gives students practice in writing arguments. Introduces students to the features of good critical writing.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. 1. Extract arguments from written texts and visually map those arguments 2. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of arguments 3. Formulate good arguments and express them in text 4. Identify the features of good critical writing.
Methods of Assessment:

Weekly homework assignments: 80%. Attendance and participation: 20%

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to MBE students, Bioethics PhD students, and Berman Institute Post-Doctoral Fellows

Instructor Consent:

No consent required