PHI 475: Bioe
Course blog: http://MorehouseBioethics.blogspot.com
10-10:50, MWF, Sale Hall, Room 105
Office: Philosophy & Religion Depar
Office Hours: 11-12; 1-2 MWF and by appoin
This course provides s
Required course ma
1. Gregory Pence, Medical Ethics: Accounts of the Cases that Shaped and Define Medical Ethics, 5
· Pence’s webpage: http://www.uab.edu/philosophy/faculty/pence/
· Singer’s webpage: http://www.princeton.edu/~psinger/
3. Lewis Vaughn, Wri
4. A small budge
5. A no
6. A folder,
To succeed in
tendance: Always come t to class, as policy requires. Sign Morehouse College the role shee t: if i tis no tpassed to you, then you need to find i t.
- Each unexcused absence will resul
tin a 2% grade reduc tion to your final grade. An absence is excused only if you ge t the ins truc tor an official Morehouse excuse in wri ting tha the can keep.
tuali ty: Come to class on time.
ter the add-drop period, no one will be admi ted in t to class who is la te. Tardiness is a disrup tion, so be on time.
ts will be collec ted only a t the beginning of class and a tno o ther time, unless you have a documen ted, College-excused absence. Thus, no la te work will be accep ted.
tion: Bring all your books, handou ts and o ther ma terials – including ma terials tha tyou mus tprin toff from the in terne t– and have them ou ton your desk and ready to discuss a t the beginning of class.
tuden ts who do no tbring their ma terials may be asked to leave, as they are no tprepared for class.
the Reading: For every hour spen tin class, spend a tleas t two hours doing the reading and wri ting ou tlines, paraphrases &/or summaries of the readings (see Vaughn’s Wri ting Philosophy, Ch. 1).
- To effec
tively do the reading you mus tse taside adequa te time and find a soli tary, quie t, dis trac tion-free environmen t(no/li tle noise and music wi t th words, no access to the in terne t, e tc.) to do your work. This is true for all your classes.
- The reading assignmen
ts should be done before you come to class. Many of the readings are challenging and take time and effor t to unders tand. They need to be read a tleas t three times. See the chap ters on reading philosophy from Wri ting Philosophy.
- To be
ter comprehend t the readings, you should firs tskim the ar ticle or chap ter, then you should read more carefully, taking no tes, making an ou tline, underlining and highligh ting, e tc. Doing this kind of work is necessary for an adequa te unders tanding of any challenging ma terial. Your books should show evidence tha t they have been read: underlining, highligh ting, marks, e tc. See Wri ting Philosophy.
tion for discussion, no tlec tures: is a liberal ar Morehouse College ts college, no ta universi ty. Our classes are small and thus we are able to discuss issues and argumen ts and have a more in terac tive learning environmen t. The ins truc tor, therefore, will rarely “lec ture” in any tradi tional sense, since lec turing encourages s tuden tpassivi ty and disengagemen t.
- You have excellen
t tex ts tha tare readable, you can learn a lo tfrom, and learn even more from discussing; lec turing, if lec turing summarizes the reading, discourages you from ge ting t the benefi ts from careful reading. Thus, again, you need to read to be prepared for class.
- We hope
tha tour classroom discussions will go beyond wha t’s presen ted in the tex t: so you will gain a basic unders tanding of the issues, fac ts and argumen ts from the reading and then we will use class time to more deeply process and evalua te these argumen ts, consider new argumen ts and engage in o ther learning ac tivi ties tha tyou can’ tge ton your own. You can ge t these la ter benefi t ts only if you have carefully done the reading.
- For a cri
tique of the educa tional value of lec turing see, “To Lec ture or No t to Lec ture, an Age-Old Ques tion” a thttp://www.morehouse.edu/news/archives/001176.html
ty: Any plagiarism or chea ting will immedia tely resul tin failing the course: no excep tions, no excuses.
- “The Division of Humani
ties & Social Sciences a t endorses Morehouse College the highes ts tandards and expec ta tions of academic hones ty and in tegri ty. Plagiarism or any o ther form of academic dishones ty will no tbe tolera ted. Sanc tions for viola tion of these s tandards include possible suspension or dismissal from the College. I tis each s tuden t’s responsibili ty to be familiar wi th the expec ted codes of conduc tas ou tlined in the College Ca talogue and S tuden tHandbook.”
ting and plagiarism are forms of lying ( to the ins truc tor, the school, fu ture teachers and employers, and yourself, among o thers) and thef t(of o ther people’s ideas and words) and are grounds for failing the course. If you submi ta plagiarized paper (e.g., a paper you took in whole or in par tfrom the in terne tor some o ther illegi tima te source, such as a peer who has had this course before), the ins truc tor (wi th the help of Turni tin.com) will no tice this and you will then fail this course immedia tely. Al though we will discuss this, i tis your responsibili ty to know wha tplagiarism is.
- Here are some sugges
tions to avoid plagiarism: do no tcheck the in terne tfor any thing rela ted to your papers: ins tead use the tex ts required for the course and think for yourself; do no t take phrases from the tex ts; pu tall of your wri tings in your own words; do no tcu tand pas te any thing from the in terne tin to your paper; do no tvisi tWikipedia; do no t take ar ticles from online encyclopedias; do no tvisi tonline dic tionaries; use an accep table ci ta tion me thod (e.g., MLA, APA, e tc.), which you learned to do in In troduc tory English courses. If you would like addi tional sources to learn more abou ta topic, see the ins truc tor. See Wri ting Philosophy, Ch. 6, for addi tional guidance on avoiding plagiarism.
- Basic Manners:
- No phone / PDA / I-pod / Sidekick / compu
ter use is permi ted af t ter the firs t5 minu tes of class when s tuden ts migh t type assignmen ts in to a device. If you use such a device in class, you will be asked to leave as such use is dis trac ting, is disrespec tful, reveals ina ten t tion and lack of par ticipa tion in classroom ac tivi ties.
ters canno tbe used in class, even for no te- taking, because too many s tuden ts are unable to resis tsurfing the in terne t, checking email, e tc. If you a temp t t to use a compu ter, you will be asked to leave for reasons above.
- No newspapers, magazines or work for o
ther classes: if you wish to work on o ther classes and do no twish to par ticipa te in our class, you will be asked to leave.
- If any s
tuden ts engage in disrup tive and dis trac ting behavior (e.g., non-class-rela ted “priva te” cha ting, e t tc.), they will be asked to leave.
ty Services: is commi Morehouse College ted t to equal oppor tuni ty in educa tion for all s tuden ts, including those wi th documen ted disabili ties. S tuden ts wi th disabili ties or those who suspec t they have a disabili ty mus tregis ter wi th the Office of Disabili ty Services (“ODS”) in order to receive accommoda tions. S tuden ts curren tly regis tered wi th the ODS are required to presen t their Disabili ty Services Accommoda tion Le ter t to facul ty immedia tely upon receiving the accommoda tion. If you have any ques tions, con tac t the Office of Disabili ty Services, 104 SaleHall Annex, , Morehouse College 830 Wes, tview Dr. S.W. A, tlan ta GA 30314, (404) 215-2636, FAX: (404) 215-2749.
- For s
tuden ts who use the services above, i tis the s tuden ts’ responsibili ty to remind the ins truc tor of any special assis tance, tes ting arrangemen ts, e tc. before an exam, assignmen t, e tc.
- A (
ten ta tive) schedule / calendar of readings is below and will be announced in class. See above and below for more abou t the impor tance of doing the reading, doing i twell, and how to do i t.
- “OPS” (Ou
tline/Paraphrase/Summarize) wri ting assignmen ts:
- The absolu
te mos timpor tan t thing you can do to succeed in this class is to do the reading and do the reading well. To encourage you do to do, you will be required to wri te 1-3 page ou tlines, paraphrases &/or summaries for nearly all of the readings. Vaughn’s Wri ting 1 provides ins Philosophy, Ch. truc tion on how to do this. None of these assignmen ts will be accep ted la te – NONE – since they are to be done so you will be prepared to discuss the argumen ts wi th your peers. (20% of your final grade)
tuden ts and ins truc tor(s) will take turns presen ting the main argumen ts from the readings. For the Pence book, this should cover the sec tions on “E thical Issues,” no t the cases and his tory; for o ther readings, i tshould be the argumen ts themselves (20% of your final grade)
- Four Argumen
ta tive Essays (4-6 pages each):
- Since one of
the mos timpor tan t things you can do is improve your wri ting skills, wri ting will be a priori ty in this class, and we will make time for i t.
- Papers mus
tby typed and carefully wri ten: pu t tyour name, email, the da te, course # and time a t the top of the firs tpage; DO NOT USE A COVER PAGE. Give your paper a real ti tle.
- We will se
tsome classes sessions aside to do peer and ins truc tor reviews.
- Two peer reviews are required for each paper;
the ques tions for tha tare here: http://aphilosopher.googlepages.com/peerreview.rtf
- Papers will graded vigorously on
the basis of:
- (1) Having an appropria
te in troduc tion, (2) having a clear thesis s ta temen t, (3) organiza tion, (4) accuracy in explaining the argumen ts under discussion, (5) raising objec tions and responding to them, (6) wri ting for your in tended audience, (7) grammar and spelling, (8) peer review par ticipa tion, and (9) whe ther all aspec ts of the assignmen thave been addressed.
- You will have
the oppor tuni ty to revise your papers, if you would like the oppor tuni ty to learn more and improve your wri ting abili ties; you migh talso be required to take your paper to the Wri ting Lab (in Brawley 200) to work wi th their s taff.
- If you revise a paper, i
tmus tbe re-submi ted in wi t thin two weeks of when you ge t the paper back from me.
- If you revise a paper, you mus
talso wri te a 1 page s ta temen twhere you explain – in de tail – how you revised your paper and why i thas improved.
- You mus
talso turn in your original paper, along wi th the revision.
- Your grade can improve if your paper improves in significan
t, profound ways; superficial changes will no tresul tin an improved grade.
- No la
te papers will be accep ted: you will have plen ty of time to wri te the papers, so you need to make wise use of tha t time. (40% of your final grade)
- A final argumen
ta tive research paper on a bioe thical topic of your choice. (20% of your final grade)
· We will likely
tra Credi tOppor tuni ties:
- There will likely be even
ts addressing e thical and/or philosophical issues tha tI’ll encourage you to a tend and wri t te up a 3 page de tailed summary and reac tion to for variable bonus poin ts. These are due, in class, wi thin one week of the even t.
We have approx. 14 weeks and 38 class mee
t the books and needed ma terials.
- Sign up for
the email announcemen tgroup here: http://groups.google.com/group/morehouse-bioethics
treading assignmen ts:
- For nex
- Vaughn, Ch.1, “How To Read Philosophy”
- Pence, Preface, Abou
t the Au thor
- SINGER In
troduc tion, xvi
- SINGER Moral Exper
ts FROM Analysis, 3
- SINGER Abou
tE thics FROM Prac tical E thics, 7
- PENCE Chap
ter 8: E thical Theory and Bioe thics, p. 158 (focus on Kan tian e thics, U tili tarianism/Consequen tialism and Rawls)
- For nex
o Vaughn, Ch.2, “How To Read An Argumen
o Rachels, RTD: