Requirements - Dual Degree Programs

Required Integrative Seminar for Dual Degree Students (BETH 407)


The seminar will encourage students to: 
(1) Draw on a variety of disciplinary perspectives simultaneously in their efforts to evaluate situations and formulate potential resolutions, in contrast to compartmentalized thinking 
(2) Develop and enhance their ability to engage with a diverse range of professionals in their efforts to address real-world problems with bioethical dimensions

Credits and Format:

Two semesters of the integrative seminar will be required for all students admitted to the Bioethics and Medical Humanities M.A. program on or after January 1, 2013 who are also pursuing contemporaneously a second graduate degree at CWRU. It is intended to be a 0-credit seminar. The course will meet for two hours per month during fall and spring semesters.

Required Reading:

Required reading will consist of one book each semester, which will vary across semesters. The work to be selected as a reading each semester must be amenable to review and critique from a variety of disciplinary perspectives in addition to Bioethics. Possible selections include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Abraham, L.K. (1993). Mama might be better off dead. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
  • Bourgois, P. (2003). In search of respect: Selling crack in El Barrio. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kaysen, S. (1993). Girl, Interrupted. New York: Vintage Books.
  • Shuchman, M. (2005). The drug trial: Nancy Olivieri and the science scandal that rocked the Hospital for Sick Children. Canada: Random House.
  • Sheehan, S. (1983). Is there no place on earth for me? New York: Vintage Books.
  • Stephens M. (2002). The treatment: The story of those who died in the Cincinnati radiation tests. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Sterk, C.E. (1999). Fast lives: Women who use crack cocaine. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  • Toth, J. (1993). The mole people: Life in the tunnels beneath New York City. Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press.