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Narrative Ethics, Columbia University

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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:21 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
From Frankenstein to AI, from Brave New World to Gattaca—this course draws upon literature, film and criticism to explore the ways in which popular culture both reflects and informs our understanding of bioethics. We will investigate the reciprocity between narrative—understood as the form and means of storytelling—and ethics, particularly in the domain of illness, bioethics, and medical practice. Topics include superheroes and disability studies; the Outbreak narrative in literature, film, and current events; the ethics of clinician writing, and the thematic connections between contemporary debates concerning vaccination and the story of Dracula. This course contributes to the Master of Science in Narrative Medicine Program. This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

Middle Atlantic

University or College

Columbia University

Funding Status


Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)


Course Title

Narrative Ethics

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)

PhD American Studies, MS Narrative Medicine

Position of Instructor(s)

Academic Director of Narrative Medicine Program, Lecturer in Narrative Medicine

Academic Year(s) Active

2021/22; course is likely to be longer running, but no archives available.

Course Enrolment


Primary Works on Reading List

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Aldous Huxley, Brave New World; Andrew Niccol (dir.), Gattaca; and Bram Stoker, Dracula.

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