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Fall Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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RCIDIV 240 / ENVRNSTD 240. Big Questions for a Small Planet: Introduction to Environmental Studies.

Section 001 Meets with Psychology 500.001.

Instructor(s): Catherine E Badgley, Barbara Boardman Smuts (

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage:

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RCIDIV 330. Information Technology and Global Politics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Paul N Edwards (

Prerequisites & Distribution: None, but some experience with computers, Internet, and World Wide Web is recommended. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

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What do the Cold War, the World Wide Web, multinational corporations, and global warming have in common? All are part of the globalization of power and knowledge, one of the major forces shaping the modern world. But equally important, without computers and other new information technologies, none would exist as we know them. This course examines information technology as the infrastructure of global politics and explores its influence on particular global political problems and institutions.

In 2001, we will cover four major topics: war and military technology; the Internet and other global networks; corporate power; and global climate change. In each case, we will try to trace the historical and contemporary forces responsible for the use of information technology to unify or link formerly local and regional phenomena into new, worldwide systems and meta-systems. Emerging issues about political power, social equity, and science-technology-society relations will be our dominant themes of discussion.

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RCIDIV 350. Special Topics.

Section 001 Marxism Mini-Course. Meets 9/11-10/11. (Drop/Add deadline=September 25).

Instructor(s): Carl Cohen (

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

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Credits: (1).

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RCIDIV 351. Special Topics.

Section 001 Law and Bioethics

Instructor(s): Carl Schneider (

Prerequisites & Distribution: (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (2).

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Law and Bioethics is a course with two purposes. The first is to teach the student to think like a lawyer. The United States is notoriously a law-drenched society. It is therefore desirable for all its citizens to understand how lawyers and judges reason about social problems. This course introduces students to that reasoning in the same way that law students are introduced to it by asking them to read legal documents (administrative regulations, statutes, and judicial opinions) and analyze them critically. All classes will be conducted in what law professors call the Socratic method. That is, the professor will ask students multiple series of questions designed to help them understand, apply, and criticize the documents they have read. (This course therefore requires the student to learn to read a document meticulously and rigorously.) The course's second purpose is to introduce students to a set of currently prominent and chronically acute problems in the way law regulates ethical issues having to do with medical care and human reproduction. For example: How should the law allocate the power to make medical decisions between doctors and patients? How should life-and-death medical decisions be made for patients who have become incompetent to make medical decisions for themselves? Should doctors be permitted to help terminally ill patients commit suicide? What claims of constitutional rights can such patients make? How, if at all, should doctors or relatives who kill a terminally ill patient or relative be punished? Who is the parent of children conceived by the various means of "alternative reproductive techniques"? How, if at all, should genetic engineering be regulated? Are the new organizational means of delivering health care (for example, HMOs) best left to be disciplined by the market, or can government regulate them adequately? What form should the inevitable rationing of health care take?

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