STV Spring 2018 Courses
Find the requirements for earning the STV minor here.
1. STV students are strongly encouraged to take the core course, STV 20556, as soon as possible to avoid potential time conflicts in the future. This course is offered in the fall and spring semesters.
2. Most other Science, Technology, and Values courses listed have a cross-listing in one or more other departments or programs. STV minors may enroll in courses via these other cross-listings and still count them as STV courses. (This requires later adjustment to your transcript. If you want a course to count in satisfaction of your STV requirements, it's preferable, then, to enroll in the course via it's STV listing. If the only way for you to register for the course is via its cross-listing in another department, please contact Leah Ashe after the registration period closes to adjust your record.)
3. One (and only one) STV course may be “double-counted” in satisfaction of both an STV minor course requirement and a University or College requirement. Note that University rules state that no course may be double-counted in satisfaction of the requirements for both a minor and a major, nor can a course be counted for two minors. If you have further questions regarding double counting, please consult with the advising dean in your host College.
Consult the portfolio of STV courses offered from 2011 through 2017 in the Course Archives.
Spring 2018 Course Offerings
STV 20556 Science, Technology, and Society
This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies. Our concern will be with science and technology (including medicine) as social and historical, i.e., as human, phenomena. We shall examine the divergent roots of contemporary science and technology, and the similarities and (sometimes surprising) differences in their methods and goals. The central theme of the course will be the ways in which science and technology interact with other aspects of society, including the effects of technical and theoretical innovation in bringing about social change, and the social shaping of science and technology themselves by cultural, economic and political forces. Because science/society interactions so frequently lead to public controversy and conflict, we shall also explore what resources are available to mediate such conflicts in an avowedly democratic society.
STV 20205 Theories of Sexual Difference
An examination of the following questions: What kind of differences separate men and women? Are these differences natural or are they socially produced, and are these differences beneficial to us or are they limiting? What does equality mean for people characterized by such differences?
STV 20602 Medical Ethics
Ting Cho Lau
An exploration from the point of view of ethical theory of a number of ethical problems in contemporary biomedicine. Topics discussed will include euthanasia, abortion, the allocation of scarce medical resources, truth-telling in the doctor-patient relationship, the right to medical care and informed consent, and human experimentation.
STV 29697 How Pharmaceutical Drugs are Created, and Create Us
In this course we examine how knowledge about drugs - legal, regulated, and patented drugs - is produced, distributed among diverse scientific-technical and social communities, and how it is received and/or consumed by them. As we will learn, the question of how drugs are produced and how they should be consumed is a highly contentious one. We will study how pharmaceutical companies work not just to distribute, but also to shape scientific knowledge about their products, and we will trace the mechanisms used to transfer that knowledge to researchers, physicians, and potential consumers. We will discuss a range of important issues that arise as our lives become more medicalized, for example: what is the nature of the diseases that researchers and companies target - are their characteristics and limits easily fixed? What are, and what should be the bounds of the use of pharmaceuticals for cosmetic purposes? How can society engage and deal with conflicts of interest - profits versus regulated safety; how can one ensure the integrity of researchers and research? What rules should be placed on how researchers and companies enroll research subjects, both in the US and abroad? We will start off exploring the history of pharmaceuticals regulation in the US, and then explore the peculiar history that led to the unique research infrastructure in the area of pharmaceutical research and development. Then we will turn to explore the wider range of implications of our system of drug production for society at large, exploring the questions above in the context of diverse cases. In this course you will develop a far-reaching understanding of how scientific and technical knowledge in the medical-pharmaceutical world is produced and distributed, an understanding that you can apply to many other areas of knowledge production.
STV 30004 Philosophy of Biology in Action
In the last few decades, a new generation of philosophers, historians and sociologists have increasingly turned their attention to science considered as a practice, rather than identifying science only with its products (explanations, theories, models) from an a priori perspective. In this course, we will explore those questions that shift the attention from science considered only in its theoretical aspects, to science as an activity. In particular, we will focus most of the course on the biological sciences. Such questions include: what is a practice? What difference does it make to consider the typical products of biology in light of the way they are produced and used rather than just in their intellectual dimension? How does biological practice is influenced by values, and what difference does it make to analyze science in light of them? What is the role of mentorship in the advancement of science and in particular of biology? Does being a successful scientists require the cultivation of certain moral traits in addition to technical skills? The course is divided in two main parts. In the first part, we will go through traditional topics in philosophy of science by emphasizing the multiplicity of their aspects when complementing philosophical analysis with history of science and sociology of science. In the second part, we will explore issues concerning the figure of the scientist both from the epistemic, personal and moral points of view, whether scientific success is only epistemic and the relation between scientific practice and values.
STV 30128 Medicine and Public Health in US History
This course examines health as a unifying concept in American history. It follows several themes: how class, race, and gender; as well as age; lifestyle; and place have manifested themselves in differential health experience; the ongoing conflict between personal liberty and the interests of the state, the remarkable diversity of American medical systems and their close relation to religious and social diversity; the place of medicine in Americanization campaigns; the changing political economy of American medicine; and finally, the emergence of health as the core concern of the American dream. In short, by the end of the course you should have a good understanding of the uniqueness of American medicine and its central place in America's history. You should have acquired an historical and critical context that will be of use in your own encounters with matters of health and medicine--as intelligent citizens and about issues of public health and questions of medical ethics, and as creative thinkers about more satisfactory modes of medical practice and health improvement and protection. The course will use three to five texts, and require exams, project, and presentation.
STV 20217 Philosophy of Science
Scientific theories have enjoyed much success; they afford us tremendous power to predict and explain phenomena in the world around us. In light of this power, you might wonder why it is these theories are so successful. This question invariably leads to others. For instance: how much do our chosen theories tell us about the world---must the unseen entities referenced by scientific explanations exist? And just what counts as a "scientific explanation" anyhow? This course will equip you with the tools necessary to begin answering these and other questions. We will survey classic and contemporary debates in the philosophy of science, including: the reality of unobservable entities posited by theories; the nature of scientific explanation; how we choose between competing theories; and how we confirm existing theories. We will also consider applications to examples from the physical sciences. However, this course is self-contained: no previous familiarity with any particular physical or mathematical theory is required.
STV 33302 Animal Encounters
How do animals relate to non-human animals across cultures? Does culture make a difference in how humans relate to animals and the natural world? What are the roles that animals play in different societies - as food, as religious figures, as companions, as kin, as laborers? From its origins as a discipline, anthropology has examined human-animal relations in a variety of social and geographic settings. This course will review some of the classic examples of cross-cultural relations with animals, and bring these examples into conversation with current debates about race and classification, animal ethics, biotechnology, and food politics. Students will engage with texts, films,and other media from anthropology as well as philosophy, history, and feminist science studies. We will approach these materials from an anthropological perspective that focuses on how our diverse and dynamic expressions of identity and culture shape, and are shaped by, how we engage with other species - whether as beings to think with, live with, love, kill, and/or consume.
STV 20184 Poetry, Science and Technology
What can poetry gain from science? What can science gain from poetry? In this course we will investigate these questions through a selection of readings from poets’ essays, works of poetry, scientific papers, and critical commentary. A primary focus for our consideration will center on the meaning of “experiment” in poetry and science. Readings will entertain concerns of “science” and “poetry” as discipline-specific approaches to knowledge, and our texts will also consider specific developments in technologies including typewriters, tape recorders, digital media, genetic sequencing, and computer code. This course will introduce students to tools and concepts of literary form, close reading, poetic vocabulary, and interpretation. By the end of the course, students will have explored the relationship between how poetry has adapted to certain scientific issues and techniques and will have developed necessary and lasting skills to interact with literature and the world in robust and engaging ways.
STV 20201 Philosophy of Human Nature
In our age, the nature of the human person has become increasingly important theme in philosophical anthropology. Is there a difference between being a member of the species homo sapiens and being a person? If a person is an animal with an inner life, can members of other species be considered as persons? Or must we say that contemporary sciences have shown that personhood is a kind of subjectivist illusion, that we are basically organic machines? Is there a spiritual 'self', and if so what must this be like? We will consider the nature of the human person in the light of contemporary challenges such as scientific materialism, Cartesian dualism, and political totalitarianism. Texts will be drawn from the Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, Karol Wojtyła Love and Responsibility, Adrian J. Reimers The Soul of the Person, Jacques Maritain The Person and the Common Good, and a course packet of readings. Course requirements: four or five quizzes, one term paper, and a final exam.
STV 20203 Death and Dying
Course content varies by semester and instructor. Topics may include the nature and definition of death, end of life medical issues, capital punishment, the possibility of survival of death, the value of death, existentialist thinking about death, and others.
STV 20228-01 The Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technology
Robert Latiff, Sebastian Murgueitio Ramierez
STV 20228-02 The Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technology
Robert Latiff, Sebastian Murgueitio Ramierez
This course explores the ethical challenges posed by the ongoing revolution in the technology of war. After learning about some general, philosophical approaches to ethical decision making, we will examine a wide range of new weapons technologies, from "smart" bombs, drones, and robots to em (electromagnetic) weapons, cyberwar, and bio-enhancement, asking the question whether the existing framework of Just War Theory and the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) are adequate for war as it will be fought in the 21st century.
STV 20306 Environmental Chemistry
Discussion of basic chemical processes occurring in the environment, particularly those relating to the impact of humanity's technological enterprise.
STV 20331 Introduction to Criminology
As in introduction to the topic of criminology, this course examines crime as a social problem within American society. Particular attention is given to the nature and function of law in society, theoretical perspectives on crime, victimology, sources of crime data, the social meaning of criminological data and the various societal responses to crime. These topics are addressed through specialized readings, discussion, and analysis.
STV 20341 Sociology of War and Terror
This course offers a broad introduction to the sociology of wars, terror, and communal violence, including their causes, conduct, and consequences. We will consider the basic social forces which impel people to kill and to risk death in the name of their societies, including the relationship of violence to "human nature." We will survey the manifold characteristics of societies that contribute to and are affected by war and terror: politics; economics; religion; culture; demographics; the environment; gender; race, ethnicity, and nationalism; social movements; and social psychology. We will survey the scope of war and terror throughout social history and pre-history, but will give special attention to the security dilemmas confronting American society. And we will consider alternatives to war and terror and the prospects for transcending the communal violence that has been so much a part of social life for millennia. The format of the course combines lectures, presentations, and discussions. We will draw on both written and visual materials of several kinds. Grades will be based on examinations, brief written work, and participation. (This course requires no background in sociology. It is open to any student, regardless of major, who is concerned about the occurrence of armed conflict in social life.) This course bears the ALSS attribute.
STV 20608 Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Technology considers the nature of technology and its relationship to social values, economics, the natural environment, human values and science, among other things. It considers questions such as how the existing social context affects the development and adoption of technology, how technology affects the evolution of society, and to what extent we control our technology and to what extent our technology controls us. Specific themes and and questions vary from term to term.
STV 20640-01 Philosophy of Mental Illness
Mental illness is an increasingly important yet sadly misunderstood topic in our society. This course is designed to help students analyze the phenomenon of mental illness in a philosophical way. The two main questions driving the course are how should we think about mental illness, and what obligations do we have regarding mental illness. Students will be expected to read, discuss, and develop their thoughts regarding these topics. Grades will include one major research paper, as well as minor presentations leading up to that paper.
STV 20642 God, Minds, and Machines
This course explores the intersection of theological, scientific, and philosophical issues in the philosophy of the Early Modern period, beginning with Galileo's trial and ending with Newton's Principia. Among the questions we will address are: What is the nature of genuine science? What are the natures of bodies, souls, and divine beings? What is the relationship of religion to physical science and introspective self-knowledge?
STV 20643 Ethics & Ecology
Climate change and other environmental crises have prompted calls to expand justice beyond the spheres of duties to individuals and political communities. Not only animals but ecosystems could then be seen as objects of ethical and political concern. This course investigates these controversial claims and their conceptual foundations. We begin by investigating what ecosystems are, and then turn to how they might be said to have inherent value. Finally, drawing on recent work in the social sciences as well as philosophy, we will consider how individual agents could fit into such accounts of the world.
STV 20805 Racism and Human Dignity in the Christian Tradition
This is a course on the Christian nature of the human person with respect to the modern sin of racism. The course will investigate the past and present status of racism in the modern world, tackling major questions like: What is racism? How did racism develop within human history? What has the Church's response been to racist actions and ideas, both in the time of Colonialism and chattel slavery, as well as in the 20th and 21st centuries? What does the Catholic Church say about racism now? What does theology have to do with ending racism? The first half course will begin with a brief analysis of ancient forms of slavery and bias, move into the dawn of modern racism in the 15th-17th centuries, and finish with a discussion of chattel slavery in the United States. Throughout the historical analysis, we will look at how the Church responded to the many examples of human inequalities, with special focus on the problem of Christians as both slaves and slave-owners in the 18th and 19th centuries. The second half of the course will turn attention to modern investigations, analyses, and proposals for ending racism. In this part of the course, we will try to answer the question: what is the role of the Catholic Church and other Christian Churches today in the fight against racism and human inequality, especially in the United States? The course will finish with discussions of Christian approaches to the modern Black Lives Matter movement, immigration, and the growing anti-Muslim sentiment over the last few years. The course will culminate with a project that seeks to contribute to the Christian anti-racist movement in a novel way by employing language and methods discussed throughout the course. A selection of authors we will read: Shawn Copeland, Bryan Massingale, Chris Pramuk, James Cone, Howard Thurman, Dawn M. Nothwehr, and multiple Catholic documents from Popes and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
STV 28309 Race and Ethnicity
In 2006, Henry Louis Gates popularized the practice of DNA ancestry testing through his PBS series "African American Lives". In it, he uses DNA testing to uncover ancestral connections to ethnic groups in Africa, as well as Europe and elsewhere. And yet, scholarly consensus is that race and ethnicity are social constructed- fictional concepts that have real consequences, but are not biological in nature. What is it about race that makes us believe it is constitutive of some essential, biological self, and yet racial categories and meanings are constantly in flux? In this course, we will scrutinize the classification of groups and the naturalization of those categories. Focusing on the United States, throughout the course we will examine the invention, production and reproduction of race from a social constructionist perspective, concentrating on the ways in which the constitution of race is controversial and constantly being remade. We will also discuss how race structures inequality in everyday life. This course is organized so that it builds from racial classification theory, moves on to an examination of the construction of US racial categories and racial stratification, and closes with an applied focus on racial controversies that are directly tied to resource allocation and federal policy.
STV 30161 History of Television
This course analyzes the history of television, spanning from its roots in radio broadcasting to the latest developments in digital television. In assessing the many changes across this span, the course will cover such topics as why the American television industry developed as a commercial medium in contrast to most other national television industries; how television programming has both reflected and influenced cultural ideologies through the decades; and how historical patterns of television consumption have shifted due to new technologies and social changes. Through studying the historical development of television programs and assessing the industrial, technological, and cultural systems out of which they emerged, the course will piece together the catalysts responsible for shaping this highly influential medium.
STV 30193 The Global Environment: Capitalism, Socialism, Fascism and Nature
The question that this course asks is which political formations have been most conducive to environmentally sustainable communities and why. Historians have long been interested in political questions about power, state structures, democracy, and economic development, but only now, with the emergence of the global environmental crisis, is the relationship between politics and ecology becoming clearer. This course has four sections. It begins by examining the contemporary phenomenon of "climate collapse" and the problem of how to conceptualize this global problem historically. We then turn to the issue of which social values and modes of production and consumption have caused this dramatic transformation of our planet, tracing the effects of state formation and industrial development. Using major books, essays, and film, we compare capitalist, socialist, and fascist approaches to the nature. The purpose of the course is to provide students with a firm grasp of environmental problems and their relation to political communities.
STV 30263 International Politics of Climate Change
The problems associated with climate change are collective problems that will require collective solutions. These generally require some form of political solution. The accumulation of evidence, even anecdotal evidence, seems to point toward potentially irreversible changes in our climate and an almost mind-boggling resistance to doing much about it. This resistance to act is important to understand. If the problems are indeed as dramatic as many say they are (and I think they have evidence on their side), then the solutions will have to be crafted in the political and social arenas. We will develop ways to think about political solutions to these collective problems, focusing on international organizations and agreements, local politics and individual behaviors. We will explore questions of mitigation as well as adaptation to climate pressures.
STV 30456 From Humors to Hysteria: Human Political Bodies in European History, 1517-1918
Between the early rumblings of the Reformations and the last cannon shot of World War I, Europeans profoundly changed how they conceptualized bodies as experience and metaphors. During these four centuries, Europeans grounded the ways in which they interacted with each other and the world in bodily imaginings. On an individual level, the living, human body provided a means of accessing and understanding the material or spiritual world. On a collective scale, the physical body, its adornments, and its gestures provided markers that Europeans used to fracture society along axes of gender, sexuality, class, race, mental aptitude, and even sacrality. Drawing in part from their myriad imaginings of the human body, Europeans constructed metaphorical political bodies. The body politic assumed diverse forms spanning from divine right monarchs to revolutionary republics to modern nation states. Our course will lay bare the human body as culturally constructed, while fleshing out how Europeans’ evolving visions affected political imaginings.
STV 30900 Foundations of Sociological Theory
Mary Ellen Konieczny
Sociological theory is the foundation of sociology. Students in this course will learn two things: first, what theorists do and why and, second, how to use fundamental theoretic concepts - such as exploitation and alienation, social structure and solidarity, bureaucracy and charisma - to analyze and explain contemporary society.
STV 30902 Methods Sociological Research
Sociology 30902 is designed to provide an overview of research methods in the social sciences. Topics covered include (1) hypothesis formulation and theory construction; (2) the measurement of sociological variables; and (3) data collection techniques - experimental, survey, and observational. At the end of the course, students should appreciate both the strengths and the limitations of sociological research methods.
STV 33102 Life History Theory
This course explores the evolution of organisms using Life History Theory, a key framework in evolutionary anthropology. Using evolutionary ecological and biocultural perspectives, we will explore the literature on energy allocation and trade-offs that occur in organisms between growth, maintenance, and reproduction, that facilitate their survival, development, and reproductive fitness when confronting ecological and environmental stresses. Students will: learn the basic theoretical principles of Life History Theory, examine the distinctive slow life history traits of humans and non-human primates, and explore how life history trade-offs impact the immune and health statuses, reproduction, and growth, of modern human populations throughout the world. *Requires that students have taken either a biological anthropology course or an introductory college level biology course to enroll
STV 33103 Evolution of Health and Disease
This course explores evolutionary medicine with a special focus on the health and disease of humans throughout time. Using Darwinian and holistic perspectives, we will discuss how proximate causes (e.g. culture, technology, nutrition, environment, etc.) and ultimate causes (evolution), have shaped human health. We will apply evolutionary principles to help us better understand pathogen virulence, the emergence of epidemic infectious diseases, the rise of chronic non-communicable diseases (e.g. obesity, diabetes, hypertension), autoimmune diseases, changes to reproduction, and antibiotic resistance. Additionally, students will examine the influence of sanitation initiatives, vaccinations, healthcare, and social inequities, in rapidly changing human health outcomes in the modern era; we will also discuss the potential of these factors to influence future health disparities, disease ecology, and evolutionary outcomes. This course will incorporate evidence from genetics, biological anthropology, public health, evolutionary biology, and evolutionary medicine theoretical perspectives. *Requires that students have taken either a biological anthropology course or an introductory college level biology course to enroll
STV 39902 Science Policy Ethics: Guiding Science Through Regulation of Research and Funding
Kyle Lantz, Clarence Carter
Offered jointly with the College of Science, this Social Concerns Seminar will examine ethical responsibilities within science funding allocations and the regulation of basic and translational research. In the framework of Catholic Social Teaching, students will explore science policy development, government funding for science, and the regulation of both basic science and translational research, including special concerns for neglected disease and global health research. The course aims to explore how and why the government invests in research, how those funds are distributed to scientists, and ultimately how new discoveries are translated to new technologies, ultimately for the good of the general public. Working with Notre Dame's Federal Relations Team in Washington, D.C. over spring break, students will meet with scientists, multiple federal agencies, and policy makers. In preparation for meetings in Washington, 5 panel sessions will feature speakers with experience in research ethics and integrity, advocating for funding for science, distributing those funds, or working at the intersections of government policy, basic science, physics and engineering technology, environmental science, and clinical and translational research. This course poses a unique opportunity for students to network with various federal funding agencies and policy makers in Washington, D.C. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.
STV 40099 Science, Technology, and Values Reading Group
The seminar will meet once per week to together read and discuss readings in topics in Science, Technology, and Values. Spring 2018 will be focused on the Opioid crisis with contributions being made to the local Opioid task force.
STV 40151 Psychology and Medicine
Robert White, Kathleen Kolberg
This course has two basic objectives. First, it examines from a lifespan and psychobiological perspective the factors that place individuals at different stages of life at risk for illness and assist them in maintaining their health. In addition, it addresses a variety of challenging psychological and social issues that physicians and other healthcare professionals must face in the practice of medicine. The course covers a range of topics dealing with health issues related to different stages of human development (childhood, adolescence, and adulthood), disabled populations, culture and gender, stress, physician-patient interactions, death and dying, professional ethics, and social policies relating to health care. The course is primarily intended for students intending to enter medical school. Most classes will involve brief formal presentations by the instructors and invited guests, followed by discussion of assigned readings pertinent to the day's topic. In addition, students will be exposed, through a limited practicum, to a variety of medical settings.
STV 40295 Science and Imagination in the Long Enlightenment
Connections between philosophy, religion and "science" (formerly "natural philosophy") are explored in relation to the powerful work of imagination. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone allegorically relates "Magic" to the powers of the computer. Where does the idea of "progress" - so important to America - come from? Modern “progress” is deeply rooted in the combination of Egyptian and Greek ideas focused on the figure of "Hermes Trismegistus." "Hermetic" lore, a strong support to the pursuit of knowledge (scientia), encouraged the reshaping of nature, as in alchemy. Newton was an alchemist. This course includes a study of science - fiction, from Lucian's Greek satires to Renaissance works such as Thomas More's Utopia, Rabelais' Pantagruel, and the anonymous "Rosicrucian" Chemical Wedding. "Natural philosophers" develop a new genre exhibiting alternative worlds in Johannes Kepler's The Dream, Francis Bacon's The New Atlantis, and Bishop Godwin's The Man in the Moone. Paracelsus imaginatively teaches us how to see and use Natures’ own hidden powers and processes of change. The universe gets bigger, from planets to bugs. With Hooke's Micrographia (1665) readers could see for the first time the terrifying complexity of a flea. The "new philosophy," freshly definable with the advent of England's Royal Society, is deployed and celebrated in major works of literature, such as Milton's Paradise Lost, Alexander Pope's Essay on Man and Thomson's The Seasons. Newton's work on light and color in his Opticks seems to be picked up immediately by Pope in his fantastic social-sexual comedy The Rape of the Lock. Science - along with man's rule over the world - can also be satirically ridiculed, as it is by Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels. Texts include works mentioned (in whole or in part) , as well as Pico della Mirandola's oration "On the Dignity of Man"; Paracelsus' essay "On Nymphs" and selections from On Metals ; Kepler's Six -Sided Snowflake; Ben Jonson's short anti-alchemical masques Mercury Vindicated and The Fortunate Isles; Lawrence Principe's The Uses of Alchemy (2013).
STV 43170 Materialism & Meaning in Modern Life
In the 20th century, the twin problems of meaning and materialism have come to the forefront of modern civilization, forming the basis of variety of philosophies and social theories, animating revolutionary movements in art, looming as the silent specter behind mass society and its dramas of consumption. It is by no means clear that the massive technological advances and material gains in advanced industrial societies have contributed to a better way of life; many would say increased meaninglessness is the actual result.
STV 43302 Population Dynamics
Demography, the science of population, is concerned with virtually everything that influences, or can be influenced by, population size, distribution, processes, structure, or characteristics. This course pays particular attention to the causes and consequences of population change. Changes in fertility, migration, mortality, technology, lifestyle and culture have dramatically affected the United States and other nations of the world. These changes have implications for a number of areas: hunger, the spread of illness and disease, environmental degradation, health services, household formation, the labor force, marriage and divorce, care for the elderly, birth control, poverty, urbanization, business marketing strategies, and political power. An understanding of these is important as business, government and individuals attempt to deal with the demands of a changing population.
STV 43318 Philosophy, Gender & Feminism
Michael Rea, Sara Bernstein
This course will survey a variety of philosophical issues pertaining to gender and feminism. Topics we expect to cover include the metaphysics of gender (e.g., the sex-gender distinction, the nature of masculinity and femininity, gender essentialism vs. gender constructivism); implicit bias and hermeneutic injustice; sexual harassment, violence, and the nature of consent; gender, feminism, and religion; and intersectionality.
STV 43324 Philosophical Issues in Law and Medicine
Analysis of philosophical and public policy issues at the intersection of law and medicine. Topics may include: the "born alive" rule, defining death, the vegetative state and other disorders of consciousness, assisted suicide, futility laws, and others.
STV 43343 Healthcare and the Poor
The relationship between health and poverty is complex and challenging. The inability of the poor to maintain adequate nutrition, shelter and have access to preventative medical care can contribute to their poor health status. But even if one isn't poor, one illness or hospitalization can test their ability to meet both their ability to meet the financial burden of their medical care as well as their other needs. In either case, individuals have to face difficult choices between their health and other material needs. This course examines the consequences of the health risks the poor face and the difficulties that they have in obtaining medical care whether they are uninsured, seek "charitable" care, or utilize public programs such as Medicaid. The course will also examine the impact of the Affordable Care Act that will require all individuals to have at least a minimal level of health care coverage.