CANCELLED: After We Die: The Body in Scientific & Ethical Contexts

House Course Number: 
HOUSECS 59.12
Day-Time-Place: 
Mondays, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM -- Keohane 4D, 201 SEM
Sponsor/Department: 
Jehanne Gheith, Slavic & Eurasian Studies
Instructor(s): 
Sarah Jacobs, sarah.m.jacobs@duke.edu; Elish Mahajan, elish.mahajan@duke.edu; Jay Zussman, jay.zussman@duke.edu
Class Limit: 
18

***PLEASE NOTE: PER INSTRUCTOR REQUEST, THIS HOUSE COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR FALL 2017. SEE THE STUDENT INSTRUCTORS AND FACULTY SPONSOR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.***

Death is an inevitable part of human experience, yet few of us think about what will happen to our bodies after we die. In this course, students investigate and discuss the nature and treatment of the dead body and the transformations that 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 will 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 dead body. Discussions will primarily revolve around historical perceptions and uses 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 Readings consist of scholarly articles, contemporary news, medical texts, historical documents, and popular science literature.