course is divided into 14
apply to each module:
the assigned textbook
2. Respond to
discussion questions submitted by the instructor.
At least once in each discussion forum in the module.
3. Create and
submit a discussion question about the material.
At least one in each module-a student led discussion.
some or all
of the questions submitted by other students.
to students who respond to your question and responses.
every module you will find a "Virtual
Seminar." A virtual seminar is like a class
discussion. Here, for each module and topic, you are
expected to reply to questions from the instructor, you
will ask a "critical thinking" question about
some topic in the chapter, get responses from other
students, and reply to those responses. Here too, you
will answer the questions posed by other students, and
they will reply to your answers. You are welcome to keep
up this "virtual discussion" as long as you
wish. The idea here is for each student to join in and
to lead a discussion with the other students about some
important issue introduced in the chapter.
of this course as far as your instructor is concerned.
It is here that the process of philosophy will be in
evidence. It is here that you get an opportunity to
This is the component of this online course that fosters
the dialectical process of inquiry that is the heart of
completion of each module there is a short essay
question. These questions are my way of testing your
understanding of the texts and Virtual
Seminar/Discussions for that module. You will know what
the questions or topics are at the start of each module.
You should post your essays during the 2-day
"window" that is established for submissions,
not before. Unlike your responses to the discussion
questions posed by me and the other students, you will
submit your essays just to me, not to the whole class.
You need to consider these essays as "take-home,
open-book essay exams", which require
well-organized, thorough responses.
with the Professor
each module there is a "Talk with the
Professor" area. Here I will ask questions which
each student should respond to. Also, you may ask me
questions, which I will respond to. Most often, I expect
these questions (mine and yours) will be related to the
discussions or the textbook - but nothing is
documents you will be reading On-Line have a "Ask a
Question" button at the bottom of the page. When
you use this button, it creates a discussion thread that
the professor and other students can participate in. It
is the equivalent of "raising your hand" in
ask me a private question at any time using my email.
Treat E-mail as a private office visit. I welcome your
comments and feedback, too.
Use these links on key words to get to internal link to
basic definitions of terms.
Class Participation & Discussion:
Critical Analysis Essays (Papers) :
Group Project: 8%
There is a required
for this course:
INTERVENTION AND REFLECTION .
7th ED.,Belmont, California:
Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2003.
and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics
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course covers most of the chapters of this text.
The other readings are the lessons and students
contributions to the class in the discussion areas and
the professor's contributions to those discussions.
In a fifteen-week semester (Spring and Fall) the
workload for this course would be 9 to 12 hours per
includes all the reading, writing, and dialogue with
your instructor and fellow students.
In the SUMMER SESSION with only 8
weeks from May 29th to July 23rd
the workload in effect is double that of the regular
15-week semester. It
requires 18 to 24 hours per week to successfully
complete this online course.
This requires a serious commitment
on the part of the learner.
You can access the course at any time from any
computer with an Internet connection.
However, you must put in the effort, the labor,
the work needed to meet the course requirements and
obtain a passing grade.
The course can prove to be a lot of
fun for those who take it seriously and keep up with the
those who are unable to put in the time and fall behind
the course could prove to be quite horrible.