Integrating Ethics into Case Study Assignments

TitleIntegrating Ethics into Case Study Assignments
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMarshall, PA
JournalJournal of Microbiology & Biology Education
Date Published12/2014
ISSN Number1935-7885
AbstractI teach an upper-level writing course, Genes, Race, Gender, and Society, designed for Life Science majors, in which I utilize a case study to expose students to ethical ways of thinking.  Students first work through the topical case study and then are challenged to rethink their responses through the lenses of ethics, taking into account different ethical frameworks.  Students then develop their own case study, integrating ethical components.  I want to expose my students to this way of thinking because I see technology being driven by the Jurassic Park phenomenon, "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." and want future physicians grounded in a sense of how their actions relate to the greater good.