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Critical Reasoning for Bioethics II

East Baltimore
2nd term
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Mon 10/28/2019 - Fri 12/20/2019
Class Times:
class will meet in Deering Hall
  • Monday,  5:30 - 7:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
  • Travis N. Rieder
  • Anne Barnhill
Travis Rieder

This course strengthens 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.

This course builds on Critical Thinking in Bioethics Scholarship 1. It builds on student training in argument mapping, identifying common strengths and weaknesses of arguments and evaluating arguments, formulating good arguments and expressing them in text, and writing critical essays.

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 arguments3.Formulate good arguments and express them in text 4.Write a critical essay.
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 80% Assignments
  • 20% Participation

Enrollment Restriction:

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

Instructor Consent:

No consent required