HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 007 Thalidomide and Other Case Studies: Where Science and Ethics Intersect
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Course Note:
A guided journey that opens first-year students' eyes to the importance of scholarship and research in an area of the seminar leader's expertise. Subject matter and discussions are confronted from the vantage point “Why does it matter?”.
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Meets Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17. Drop/Add Deadline 09-27-10.
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In 1957, thalidomide was first prescribed to pregnant women to alleviate morning sickness. However, reports of infants being born with horrific birth defects, such as hands or feet directly attached to the torso, soon surfaced. It was later revealed that these defects were directly caused by thalidomide taken during the mother’s pregnancy, and that clinical testing had not been conducted on pregnant animals. With the rapid development of scientific knowledge, what steps can we take to make sure that we are making careful, ethical decisions, while still promoting the advancement of the field? What can we learn from studying the past?

This course will examine the intersection between ethics and science specifically through the framework of carefully selected case studies that address basic science research, pharmaceutical development, and clinical testing. We will look at the case of thalidomide, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, and Merck’s donation of Ivermectin for the treatment of river blindness, in addition to others. The goal of this class is to expose students to these issues, and to go beyond a sensationalist reading of these stories to engage in thoughtful, open-minded discussion. Interest in a scientific career is not necessary for enrollment; the question of ethics covered in the course is highly relevant to other disciplines.

Participation and short written responses will be required.

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
27537
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Regenerative Medicine's Moral Achilles Heel Does not meet first week of classes.
002 (SEM)
P
32429
Closed
0
 
-
Tu 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Note: Rwandan Genocide Does not meet first week of classes.
003 (SEM)
P
27539
Open
4
4LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: All's Fair in Love and Sport Does not meet first week of classes.
004 (SEM)
P
27541
Closed
0
 
-
M 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Romanticism Does not meet first week of classes.
005 (SEM)
P
29099
Closed
0
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Politically Incorrect Does not meet first week of classes.
006 (SEM)
P
29113
Open
2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: From Throw-Away Fun to Morality Play Does not meet first week of classes.
007 (SEM)
P
30871
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Thalidomide and Other Case Studies Does not meet first week of classes.
008 (SEM)
P
32431
Closed
0
 
-
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The Financial Crisis for Dummies Does not meet first week of classes.
009 (SEM)
P
43797
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The Physics of the Fascinating Does not meet first week of classes.
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