Research Ethics and Law

SLN #: 76391
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 021
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Feigal Jr.;Feigal

Course Description:
This seminar is designed to give students a broad understanding of research ethics, regulation and law. In this course we explore a selection of topics in research involving human subjects. We begin with a brief introduction to the basics of normative ethics, including theories of justice and human rights and the foundations of the law covering research ethics, and then explore specific ethical and legal issues associated with biomedical research.


Paper: Forty (40) percent of the student’s grade will be based on a research paper on a topic of the student’s choice with instructor approval. Students may elect to write their paper on or related to the topic of their in-class presentation (see below). Students should write a paper of 8-10 double-spaced pages. Final papers are due on December 3. All students should notify the instructors of their topic before October 5.

Class Presentation: Each student will select a case study to present in class. This presentation will count for twenty (20) percent of the grade. The presentation will include: (i) identifying at least one week prior to the presentation one or more readings (<20 pages) on the case for the other students; (ii) a presentation on the case study; and (iii) identifying 3-5 key questions the case presents and leading a class discussion on those questions.

Midterm: A multiple-choice/short answer take-home midterm will count for thirty (30) percent of the grade. The midterm will be provided on October 12, and will be due by October 19.

Class Participation and Attendance: The remaining ten (10) percent of the grade will be based on class participation, other interactive discussions via Blackboard, and attendance.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: No
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Limited Enrollment Number: 16
Final Exam Given: No
Mid Term Or Other Exam: Yes, see course description
Paper Or In-Class Presentation: Yes, see course description
Participation Points: Yes, see course description
Attendance Policy: Per Statement Of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Yes see course description

* The law school has a policy that Is used To calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.