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Critical Reasoning for Bioethics

East Baltimore
1st term
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Friday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Anne Barnhill
  • Anne Barnhill
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 that are widely used in bioethics research and practice. 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.

Learning Objectives:

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

  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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 80% Weekly homework assignments
  • 20% Class presentation

Enrollment Restriction:

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

Instructor Consent:

No consent required