Teaching at ASU Spring 2021, Summer 2021

Creating a “better” bioethics curriculum is extremely important to me. I want the bioethics I teach to be relevant to my students, and I want bioethics to help bring ethical understanding to medicine, not to justify harmful practices or pay mere lip-service to “doing the right thing.” My course encourages students to critically examine the classic principles of bioethics, through understanding how feminism, intersectionality, critical race studies, cultural studies and disability studies challenge and inform what each of those principles actually means.

Course Schedule (Course is 7 week online module course)

Week 1: The Principles. Students are introduced to the classic principles of bioethics and read short piece on connection between medical school and “real world”

Week 2: The Challenge. Two articles on problems with principalism: the first calls attention to “principlist paradigm” and overreliance on four principles, second advocates importance of intersectionality alongside principalism.

Week 3: Beneficence/Non Maleficence. Students consider relationship between beneficence and compassion, and read articles from disability pride movement.

Week 4: Autonomy & Refusal. Students are introduced to complexity of ‘autonomy’ through Kukla’s work and consider “informed refusal”

Week 5: Autonomy & Surrogate Decision Making. Article on communitarianism as well as short documentary on decision making and intersex babies.

Week 6: The View From Somewhere. An introduction to feminist epistemology and considerations about the “culture-less culture” of medicine.

Week 7: Epistemic Justice. Students consider sources of medical/health knowledge, including issues with cultural co-opting.

Applied Ethics

Will teach at ASU Summer 2021

Introduction to Logic

Taught at ASU Spring 2020

The logic curriculum focuses on instilling critical thinking, and makes logic accessible for those just beginning to practice philosophy or mathematics. Students in this course pursue multi-week Argument Analysis and Argument Creation Assignments.

Course Goals:

  • To critically evaluate arguments using logic and reasoning
  • To enhance skills in argumentation and critical thinking
  • To learn how to use truth tables
  • To understand threshold concepts necessary for doing philosophical work, such as contingency and validity

For inclusive teaching resources, please go to “Inclusivity.”

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