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Medicine is an art as well as a science. The science is learned through study but the art must be learned through practice. What are fundamental components of the art? What are the habits of reasoning that lead to good diagnoses? What are the virtues of the good doctor and what does it take to become one? This course will focus on the culture of medicine, becoming acculturated as a doctor, and analysis of what dispositional attitudes are necessary for the moral practice of medicine. The course will draw on resources from philosophy of medicine and moral theory, as well as sociological data and theory, along with first person medical narratives to explore the themes of the course.
JOHN A. DOODY
KENNETH B. TAYLOR
SETH MATTHEW FISHMAN
This course will examine European influences and the historical development of higher education in America from colonial to contemporary periods. We will review the relationships between societal context, higher education institutions, faculty, students, and curriculum, and their impact on US higher education today.
GLENN PATTERSON, Heimbold Chair
Weekly Schedule to Follow.
The purpose of this course is to consider fiction and film from Belfast in relation to works of – or from – other divided cities, real or imagined. ‘Home’ texts will include Eureka Street, Robert McLiam Wilson, All the Beggars Riding, Lucy Caldwell and The Truth Commissioner, David Park, while The City and the City, China Miéville, will head up an ‘away’ team that will also feature Graham Greene’s The Third Man, both the novel and 1949 film adaptation (director Carol Reed’s previous film, Odd Man Out was set and filmed in Belfast), and Walter Hill’s The Warriors, based on the novel by Sol Yurick. There will be an introductory session on Belfast’s geography and recent history, although the course will be concerned not so much with the politics as the psychology of division.
ALLISON ANN PAYNE
WALTER BROGAN; MARYLU HILL
The course will emphasize close reading of multiple philosophical and literary concepts. Students will gain a better understanding of Plato’s Republic and Symposium, and see them as a set of living questions rather than historical documents. By reading Wilde’s novel and his essays through the lens of Plato, students will see how Plato can be used to frame modern discussions of morals, virtue, justice, art, education, and the soul. Students will weigh the implied critique of certain Platonic ideas in Wilde’s works, and to consider whether Wilde’s rethinking of Plato is ultimately a critique of himself or of Plato.