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Methods in Bioethics


East Baltimore
3rd term
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  1:30 - 4:20pm
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 conceptual and empirical methods. Describes the strengths and weaknesses of these methods 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 of these methods.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe methods commonly used in bioethics research, scholarship and practice
  2. Select an appropriate method for approaching particular bioethics research questions
  3. Appraise the benefits of addressing a bioethics issue using different methods
  4. Understand what constitutes rigor in bioethics scholarship
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 10% Quizzes
  • 70% Critical Responses (10% each for 7 weeks)

Enrollment Restriction:

Enrollment priority given to MBE students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduate students and all non-MBE students

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Course meets in Deering Hall; LLC Room