Pol 266, politics & culture: LINK UPDATE

I just noticed that the link I had provided to the Bernard Crick text, In Defence of Politics, was broken.

It is now fixed, and you can find it on at the class page, http://coursesandquestions.com/pol-266-course-outline-s09/ .

Or you can just CLICK HERE to get to it. Do note that you are given a number of options, in the “view the book” frame, on how you want to, y’know, view the book.

In any case, I’m sorry for the broken link and any frustration it may have caused. If you run across another link-break, lemme know ASAP.

(Oh, and yes, I did change the design. It had been a coupla’ years. . . .)

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Leh 355 Bioethics: Quiz guide (SSII)

Quiz guide: 20 will appear on the quiz

1. What is a gene?
2. How many chromosomes total are contained in a cell of a member of Homo sapiens?
3. Which chromosome has the most genes and which chromosome has the fewest genes?
4. What are the base pairs of nucleotides in DNA? [spell out the words and put in pairs]
5. What is single nucleotide polymorphism?
6. What is mapping?
7. What is sequencing?
8. To what does phenotype refer?
9. Approximately how many nucleotide base pairs are there in a member of Homo sapiens?
10. Approximately how many genes are there in a member of Homo sapiens?
11. Genes and/or traits which do not contribute to reproductive fitness may be what?
12. Traits such as personality, intelligence, & other behavioral characteristics are likely what kind of traits?
13. What is heterozygosity and why does it matter?
14. What is a basic problem to overcome in gene transfer?
15. Gene transfer in which gametes are affected (i.e., changes passed to offspring) are known as what?
16. List a chromosomal abnormality and its associated syndrome.
17. At what stage [how many days] are stem cells removed from the zygote?
18. What are the three characteristics unique to all stem cells?
19. What are the three types of stem cells?
20. What is pluripotency and how does it differ from multipotency?
21. What is a teratoma and why does it matter in stem cell research?
22. What is the purpose of the feeder cell layer?
23. What are the three germ layers?
24. What are gametes [name them]?
25 & 26. What are the five (or so) steps involved in ART? [simply name steps]
27. How does the process of intracytoplasmic sperm injection differ from that of in vitro fertilization?
28. What is the process of preimplantation genetic diagnosis?
29. Name one prenatal test and the specific purpose in performing it
30. What is the process of cryopreservation?
31. Name one problem or obstacle to be overcome in reproductive cloning.
32. Distinguish between in vivo and in vitro

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Pol 266: Essay three

Your answer should be typed, 5-7 double-space pp., and include a source citation for any ‘outside’ examples. No title pages, please: just put your name on the top of the first page. Answer the following questions in one continuous essay. Due Thursday, May 22: drop off in classroom bet 4:00-4:30—and don’t forget to turn in your books to College Now!

1. Banerjee & Duflo note there are two basic approaches to developmental economics: the supply-wallah side, often associated with Sachs, and the demand-wallah side, associated with Easterly. Describe each of these sides, and describe how each would approach a specific problem in TWO of the following fields a) hunger; b) public health; c) education; d) family planning;.
2. I noted in class that the risk management techniques of the very poor are different from those with more resources, in particular with regard to [the lack of] buffers, barriers, and [lack of] flexibility. Discuss why each of these matters, and specific ways the poor may manage each of these issues.
3. What are some of the explanations offered as to why countries are poor? How does the work of Banerjee & Duflo fit into or respond to these various explanations? Which explanation(s), covered in both chapter 10 and in lecture, make the most sense to you? Why?
4. Banerjee & Duflo don’t seem to spend much time discussing culture per se, an approach with is line with their piecemeal approach to policy. What are the advantages of this piecemeal approach? What are the disadvantages to this approach, especially in terms of (avoiding) cultural discussions?
5. Banerjee & Duflo argue that politics is an obstacle to, rather than a way to enable, good policy—a view at odd with Crick’s insistence on the role of politics in creating the conditions for a good life. Explain why Banerjee & Duflo’s “anti-political” approach might be the best way to deal with poverty. Then, relying on Crick, explain how an expressly political approach could work best. Which approach—anti-political, political, or combination—would you recommend to deal with poverty? Explain. Should this approach be adopted for all social and political problems? Explain., using examples.

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Po 266: Essay 2

Essay 2

Your answer should be typed, 3-5 double-space pp.), and include a source citation for the event or phenomenon you use in your analysis. No title pages, please: just put your name on the top of the first page. Due Thursday, April 24.

Answer the following questions in one continuous essay. Where appropriate, use a current event or ongoing phenomenon to illustrate your analysis in answering the following questions:

1. Taylor argues that the need for recognition has become a prominent issue in contemporary liberal politics. What does he mean by recognition? Who is recognizing whom? Why does it matter? What are the implications of misrecognition? Refer to Taylor and his respondents in crafting your response.
2. Appiah worries that cultures, in providing ‘life-scripts’, may unduly constrain individuals in ways which prevent their recognition as individuals, i.e., the ways in which they may go ‘off-script’. Is this a reasonable concern? Do the notions of boundary trespass and boundary patrol come into play at all, and if so, how? Is it possible to recognize both individuals and cultures? How so? Explain.
3. Okin defines multiculturalism in terms of “group rights,” and contrasts that to the individualism of liberal democracy. She argues that since group rights usually infringe on individual rights, there can be no recognition for group rights. Is it the case that groups infringe upon individuals? How does this happen? If so, should individual rights always trump group rights? Should there be any exceptions? Explain, with examples.
4. Okin also claims that multiculturalism is bad and liberal democracy good for the advancement of women’s rights. Is this the case? Even if liberal democracy is not as good for women’s rights as Okin suggests, does the criticism of multiculturalism still hold? Refer to three of Okin’s respondents in crafting your response.

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Pol 266: Essay 1

Essay 1

Your answer should be typed, 3-5 double-space pages, and include a source citation for any events you use in your analysis. No title pages, please: just put your name on the top of the first page.  Due Tuesday, March 11

Answer the following questions in one continuous essay. Where appropriate, use a current event or ongoing phenomenon to illustrate your analysis in answering the following questions:

1. What is Crick’s understanding of politics? What else would you include? What would you exclude? Why?
2. Crick bases his version of politics on Aristotle’s notion of the polis as an aggregate; among the implications of this is that a recognition of diverse interests requires freedom. Does politics as such require diversity? Does ‘unity’ or a quest for unity always lead to a suppression of politics? Relatedly, how does politics require freedom? Are freedom and unity always in opposition?
3. What is the ideology of science, engineering, and administration and why does Crick think it is such a threat to politics? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
4. In Antigone, Creon seeks to exclude a cultural practice—the burial of Polynices—in order to make a political point. What are the respective claims of Creon and Antigone? How do you determine which one is correct? If both (or neither) is right, then what? How ought political authority deal with claims from culture? How ought those making claims from culture deal with political authority?

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Leh 355 Bioethics: quiz guide

Quiz guide: 20 will appear on the quiz

1. What is a gene?
2. What is an allele?
3. How many chromosomes total are contained in a cell of a member of Homo sapiens?
4. What are the base pairs of nucleotides in DNA? [spell out the words and put in pairs]
5. What is a single nucleotide polymorphism?
6. What is mapping?
7. What is sequencing?
8. What is a genome?
9. To what does phenotype refer?
10. Approximately how many genes are there in a member of Homo sapiens?
11. Genes and/or traits which do not contribute to reproductive fitness may be what?
12. Traits such as personality, intelligence, & other behavioral characteristics are likely what kind of traits?
13. What is heterozygosity and why does it matter?
14. What is a basic problem to overcome in gene transfer?
15. Gene transfer in which gametes are affected (i.e., changes passed to offspring) are known as what?
16. List a chromosomal abnormality and its associated syndrome.
17. To what does aneuploidy refer?
18. What are the three characteristics unique to all stem cells?
19. What are the three types of stem cells?
20. What is pluripotency and how does it differ from multipotency?
21. What is a teratoma and why does it matter in stem cell research?
22. What is the purpose of the feeder cell layer?
23. What are the three germ layers?
24 & 25. What are the five (or so) steps involved in ART? [simply name steps]
26. How does the process of intracytoplasmic sperm injection differ from that of in vitro fertilization?
27. What is the process of preimplantation genetic diagnosis?
28. Name one type of prenatal test and the specific purpose in performing it
29. What is the process of cryopreservation?
30. Name one problem or obstacle to be overcome in reproductive cloning.

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Leh 355: Quiz date moved!

Hello, my fellow bioethicists.

The science quiz was originally schedule for Thursday, February 27. While it would be possible to cram thru all of the info you’ll need to take the quiz in the next two classes (Feb 18 & 25—we don’t have class Feb 20), that would pretty much eliminate the possibility of any questions or comments, and, frankly, the purpose of covering the material in the first place.

Which is for you to learn something about the technical aspects of genetics, ART, & cloning.

SO: the quiz will now be held Tuesday, March 4.

As for the rest of the schedule—we’ll work it out.

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