BSC3402 Theory and Practice in the Biological Sciences Learning through Case Study Analysis What are Case Studies? Case studies are based on real or contrived scenarios. They are a tool for discussing an issue using a specific example. Case studies are designed to confront the readers with a specific problem that does not lend itself to easy answers. By providing a focus for discussion, cases help students to define or refine their own standards, to appreciate alternative approaches to identifying and resolving ethical problems and to develop skills for dealing with hard problems. How Should Cases be Analyzed? The skills necessary for analyzing case studies can become tools for responding to real world problems that you encounter. Cases, like the real world, contain uncertainties and ambiguities. In addition to the specific questions accompanying each case, students should use the following general approach. 1. Identify the affected parties. Who are the stakeholders and what are their significant interests?
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