Critical Reasoning for Bioethics
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
2023 - 2024
Friday, 1:30 - 3:20pm
This course introduces students to critical reasoning skills that are widely used in bioethics research and practice, including identifying arguments, mapping those arguments, critically assessing those arguments, and critical writing.
Introduces critical thinking skills that are widely used in bioethics research and practice. Introduces argument mapping techniques and gives students practice extracting arguments from texts and mapping those arguments. Introduces students to common strengths and weaknesses of arguments and gives students practice in evaluating arguments.
Learning ObjectivesUpon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Extract arguments from written texts and visually map those arguments.
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of arguments.
- Formulate good arguments and express them in text.
- Identify the features of good critical writing.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
- 80% Weekly homework assignments
- 20% Class presentation
Restricted to MBE students, Bioethics PhD students, and Berman Institute Post-Doctoral Fellows