Research Methods And Bioethics
Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy.
The course is designed to better prepare students for the dissertation level and knowledge of interdisciplinary methods would be the primary rational of the course. In addition to preparing students for traditional dissertation and then post graduate research and publishing, the course would provide a more in-depth insight into how various players in the ethics debate arrive at their decision making and policy rationales. If one is to debate successfully as a policymaker with a lawyer or scientist, it is critical to understand that discipline’s research methodology or“language.” Thus, the course would prepare students to understand as well as to better participate in research-oriented debate.
This course provides a foundation in research methods from the variety of disciplines students need to better understand and analyze research conclusions in bioethics. It does not claim to be exhaustive in research methods skills, but strives to provide analytical skills students will need to discern good and flawed research in a number of venues. In addition, it endeavors to provide an overview of resources which students may use in pursuit of their own research agendas, ranging from on-line data bases in law and medicine on the internet to the Institute of Ethics Library at Georgetown University. The course includes an overview of traditional ethics approaches such as the deductive and inductive approach and builds on analyzing the case method approach.
To introduce students to concepts in the art and science of scientific inquiry, research design, implementation and interpretation of research finding in such a way as to solve a problem at hand while following ethical guidelines.
Course Expected Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students should:
Understand the process of writing a research proposal and its key components.
Identify current issues in a relevant discipline and demonstrate a critical understanding of research methods required for proposing, planning, and carrying out effective research Recognize the ethical principles in research and capable of acquiring ethical approval for research.
Identify the components of a literature review process