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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 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.