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POLI 318 (AR) Death in America (1)

An ethics and public policy case-based seminar that proceeds from the premise that the patterned mal-distribution of mortality rates is a conspicuous consequence and hence robust measure of social justice. Four distinct cases are addressed from philosophical, ethical and policy perspectives, on topics such as the automobile, capital punishment, food, environmental causes, health-care, being health uninsured, gun ownership, HIV/Aids, occupational fatalities, oil and petroleum, physician-assisted suicide, and tobacco. Pedagogy includes discussion, exams, digital field-work, and service-learning.

Prerequisite: One POLI course or consent of instructor. 

General Education Requirement: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Basu