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Lesson 5-1: Who decides

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Lesson 5-1: <Who Decides?> Elicitation Question

~50-100 minutes

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In this lesson, students are introduced to a series of quotes from individuals who hold a variety of views concerning the rising rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity in the United States. Students are introduced to the ethical principles Respect for Persons, Justice, and Maximizing Benefits/Minimizing Harms in order to better understand the wide range of views on this subject. Next, students learn about the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and participate in a Structured Academic Controversy about the policy, eventually coming to their own well-supported position on the issue.


Enduring understanding

  • Public health policies, personal choice, community resources, socio-economic status and other factors all contribute to a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity. These factors also provide productive areas for preventative measures.
  •  The field of ethics can help us consider alternate viewpoints in the face of conflicting choices, and can provide an organizing framework to help in decision-making.


Essential question

 As a society, how do we make the best decisions about policies that affect many people?


Learning objectives

Students will be able to:

    • Understand other positions on an issue, even if they don’t agree with it.
    • Engage in shared decision-making.
    • Support their own position using the principles Respect for Persons, Justice, and Maximizing Benefits/Minimizing Harms.



This lesson provided by:  Type 2 Diabetes: A complex disease of gene and environment interactions. Copyright 2014 by University of Washington. This curriculum was created by Genome Sciences Education Outreach (GSEO) and is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) of the National Institutes of Health through Grant Number R25OD010966. Permission is granted to download, reproduce through printing or photocopying, and distribute copies of Type 2 Diabetes: A complex disease of gene and environment interactions for non-commercial, educational purposes only, provided that credit for the source (GSEO and copyright (© 2014 University of Washington) is given.




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