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Critical Reasoning for Bioethics

Course Status

East Baltimore
1st Term
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Friday, 1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
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 Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Extract arguments from written texts and visually map those arguments.
  2. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of arguments.
  3. Formulate good arguments and express them in text.
  4. Identify the features of good critical writing.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 80% Weekly homework assignments
  • 20% Class presentation
Enrollment Restriction
Restricted to MBE students, Bioethics PhD students, and Berman Institute Post-Doctoral Fellows