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1.0 ans211_syllabus_s2012 - AnS 211 Course Syllabus Spring...

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AnS 211 Course Syllabus Spring 2012 Instructor: Dr. Philip L. Spike 119A Kildee 294-6030 [email protected] Course Description: Overview of the factors that define contemporary ethical and scientifically based issues facing animal agriculture. Life skill development (including interactive skills, communication ability, organization, information gathering, and leadership skills) emphasized in the context of issues Course Outcomes: (Formulated by AnS Faculty) After completing this course, students will be able to: 1. identify the differing viewpoints surrounding major issues affecting animal agriculture. 2. name the individuals and/or groups who are most influential on the major issues. 3. interpret and communicate scientific principles associated with the major issues. 4. identify the ethical and moral ideologies surrounding the major issues affecting animal agriculture. 5. locate and interact with professionals involved in addressing major issues affecting animal agriculture. Respect is Essential: The goal of this class is for you to explore and become familiar with various ethical arguments about issues of importance to the animal industries. The goal of the class is not to establish a uniform class position or change your mind about any of the issues. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for everyone to explore issues of importance to the animal industries and allow you to formulate your own opinion. Achieving the course outcomes will require that everyone respect other’s opinions . We anticipate discussing controversial issues about which reasonable people are likely to disagree. We do expect you to contemplate the supporting arguments and arrive at your own conclusions . We do not expect you to agree with the conclusions presented by any of the advocates. We do expect you to be respectful of the positions expressed in the class. Whatever your conclusions, you are encouraged to challenge arguments in a respectful manner. Challenging arguments in a respectful manner involves consideration of the evidence presented by the advocate. You should critically evaluate statements for supporting evidence . When a set of arguments are presented, decide whether the arguments can logically be used to support the conclusions . You are expected to ask pertinent, thoughtful questions and challenge arguments presented in class as well as preconceptions that you may have brought with you to class. Be professional. Be courteous. Be involved. Ask questions about the issues and challenge the speakers. Making negative comments about the character of a presenter or the advocates of a position is inappropriate and not
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