Ethics in Medicine - Spring 2018

This course examines ethical issues in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The course will be divided into roughly four units. The first unit covers major ethical traditions and explores ethical issues in the medical professions. The second unit covers the ethics of life and death (i.e. abortion and euthanasia). The third unit covers issues concerning justice in health care. The fourth unit contains suggested topics that will be discussed depending on student interest.

Syllabus available on request.

Love and Friendship - Fall 2019

What is love? In the first half of the course, we'll focus on this question. In particular, we'll focus on romantic love. We'll try to answer whether love can be rational, whether it must involve physical attraction, whether it has specific biological underpinnings, and whether we can ethically romantically love multiple people. In the second half of the course, we'll focus on other personal relationships such as parenthood and friendship. What makes a good parent or friend? Can being a good friend require us to violate morality's demands? Readings will range from Plato to Ta-Nehisi Coates and Carrie Jenkins. We'll also watch movies along the way and leave room for students to vote on topics of interest. Students will be assessed using the following: 2-4 page paper (20%), 6-8 page paper (30%), final project (30%), participation (20%). 

Syllabus available on request.