Campus européen franco-allemand, Nancy
Während des Seminars soll zunächst ein Blick auf die Entwicklung und Veränderungen des deutschen Literaturkanons bis in die Gegenwart geworfen werden. Im Anschluss werden im Sinne eines heutigen Kanons Klassiker der deutschen Literatur vorgestellt und mit Blick auf ihre Wirkungsgeschichte diskutiert. Pflichtlektüre : Zu Beginn des Semesters wird anhand des Semesterplans die Lektüre und anschließende Vorstellung eines Werkes der deutschen Literaturgeschichte zugeteilt..
will be given where necessary to introduce new material or to clarify difﬁcult concepts, but critical discussion is crucial in examining the relevant research, theories, practices, and problems, in light of one's own preparations and understanding. Course Description : Biotechnology delivers testtube human reproduction, high-tech life support, sanctioned mercy killings, neural enhancement drugs, embryonically cloned sheep, genetically modiﬁed crops, geo-engineered global warming remedies, and so on. Such technologies present profound personal dilemmas and tough policy decisions. Questions of morality inevitably arise : should embryos be cloned for research or reproduction, should parents control their child's genetic make-up,should doctors help patients commit suicide, should scarce medical resources go to the highest bidder, should animals be subjected to painful research procedures and torturous factory farming, should plant life be modiﬁed and patented and sold, should pollution rights be commodiﬁed and traded for proﬁt ? Our aim is to examine this interface of biological science and ethical concern by employing philosophical principles and procedures (i.e. ethical theory and critical reasoning), ﬁrst to clarify bioethical problems and then to develop nuanced if not wholly adequate attempts at resolving them. Required reading : Samir Okasha, Philosophy of Science : A Very Short Introduction ; D. Schmidtz and E. Willott (eds.), Environmental Ethics : What Matters, What Works ; Peter Singer and A.M. Viens (eds.), Cambridge Textbook of Bioethics ; Brian Christian, The Most Human Human.
BIOETHICS : OUR INNER AND OUTER ENVIRONMENTS
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Gregory OWCARZ (philosophy expert). Prerequisite : No particular background in philosophy or science is required. Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : Students must complete a critical analysis essay related to the lectures given and the readings assigned, which constitutes 20% of course grade. Suggested topics must be approved by the third class meeting and papers must be completed by the eighth class meeting. Students must participate in an assigned group presentation project, likewise on an approved topic, which constitutes another 20% of the course grade. Active class participation will be noted and quizzes to evaluate reading comprehension will be given on occasion if warranted, constituting 30% of the course grade. A comprehensive ﬁnal exam held during the last class meeting will constitute the remaining 30% of the overall course grade. Late work will not be accepted, nor will make-up work be offered. Workload : Students are required to study a selection of texts and other related materials each week, which constitutes the basis for class lecture, discussion, and debate. Pedagogical method : Course participation constitutes nearly a third of the ﬁnal course grade, determined by class discussion efforts and demonstrated reading comprehension. Some lectures
CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Gregory OWCARZ (philosophy expert). Prerequisite : No particular background in philosophy or science is required, though introspective effort and careful reﬂection are expected. 241