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BI*E299*11
Tough Choices: Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Medicine
Melanie Styers
Prerequisites:
None
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
Option
Max. Enrollment:
16
Meeting Time:
M Tu W Th 9:00am-12:00pm
As our technological capabilities have increased, so, too, have the moral and ethical dilemmas that arise as a result
of these advances. In this course, students will explore the scientific basis for controversial issues currently faced by
scientists and medical professionals. Students will then analyze the ethical, moral, and legal implications for society.
Topics will include issues related to medical ethics, such as genetic testing and personalized medicine, end-of-life
decisions, and informed consent. Other hotly-debated scientific issues, such as the genetics of gender in sports,
corporate responsibility and regulation of hazardous substances, stem cell-based therapies, and genetically
modified organisms will also be analyzed. The course will include a combination of lecture, reading, class
discussion, and case studies. Final grades for the course will be determined based on classroom participation,
weekly reflection papers, and a final 5-10 page research paper and 20 minute presentation focused on a scientific
issue of the student’s choice.
Estimated Student Fees: $80 for books
Business Administration
BA*E299*12
Business Internships
Sara Robicheaux
Prerequisites:
None
Open To:
Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Grading System:
S/U
Max. Enrollment:
30
Meeting Time:
DHAR
Students will identify and secure an internship with a business (profit or non-profit). Students are expected to devote
approximately 120 hours to the internship over Exploration Term. Students will complete a guided journal outlining
his or her internship experiences. Students are encouraged to see the instructor well in advance of registration to
identify internship opportunities. All internship placements must be approved in advance by the instructor.
BA*E299*13
Failure and Creativity: An In-depth Look at Creativity and Starting Something New
Lloyd Cooper, Brad Spencer
Prerequisites:
None
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
Letter
Max. Enrollment:
15
Meeting Time:
TBD
To start anything new, one needs creativity, enthusiasm, and courage. It helps to have failed before, but it’s not
mandatory. This class will teach the principles of planning, starting, and delivering a successful initiative. We will
address recovering from nonfatal failure. The instructors are local entrepreneurs who have done the
start-try-fail-succeed dance before. The emphasis in this class is not “maximizing profit.” That might be a particular
student’s goal, but this class will be more broadly focused. Do you think that Alabama’s students should have
access to charter schools, and you want to change the state’s laws so that they can access this
option? Great. How to begin? The class will be interactive and will require classroom meetings, discussions, and
in-state trips to meet with successful for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurs. Each student will complete an individual
research project and will present it to the class. Grades will be based on relative engagement and application of the