After We Die: The Body in Scientific and Ethical Contexts

HOUSECS 59.03

Fall 2016

Mondays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Room 201, Keohane Quad 4D

Death is an inevitable part of the human experience. However, a few of us think about what will happen to our bodies after we die. In the course, students investigate and discuss the nature and treatment of the dead body and the transformations which it undergoes, physically and ontologically. What constitutes death? When does a "person" become a "corpse"? Where do the cadavers in a gross anatomy lab come from? Who owns a dead body? In taking this course, students develop an understanding of death and the body that will allow them to think critically about the ethical implications of the medical and nonmedical use of the body, technical scientific practice, and current ethical dilemmas. Readings consist of scholarly articles, contemporary news, medical texts, historical documents, and popular science literature.

Instructor(s): 
  • Sarah Jacobs, smj43@duke.edu
  • Megan Rise, mer53@duke.edu
Sponsor/Department: 
  • Jehanne Gheith, Slavic & Eurasian Studies
Class Limit: 
12