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The IDEESE SARS Case Study includes a situation summary and six appendices. THERE ARE A LOT OF READING MATERIALS. We do not expect instructors and students to read through all our resources. Instead, we expect instructors to assign the most appropriate appendices to their students according to their classroom goals. The remaining materials can be used as optional reading assignments for students who want to explore the subject matter in more depth or from a different angle.

Although the case study may be incorporated into your existing syllabi, IDEESE also offers teaching modules that help to focus the case on various dimensions of international ethics. We especially recommend using this case to teach International Accountability

We also welcome feedback on our case materials. Please contact the Program Manager at mgoncalves @ pubpol . umass . edu with your comments or suggestions.



adobeCase-Situation Summary [48 KB, pdf]: The situation summary is a 7 page document detailing the 2002-2003 global outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). It focuses specifically on how information about the disease was shared among countries.

adobeCase Contents [16 pdf]: This file outlines the contents for the entire case study. It should serve as a cover page if all materials are printed out and act as a guide for instructors in choosing which appendices to assign.



The SARS case includes 6 appendices. Instructors should select and assign appendices appropriate to the module or learning objectives for the class session.

adobeAppendix A: Chronology [79 KB, pdf]: The chronology is a 14 page document outlining the events leading up to and following the SARS outbreak. Dates outlined range from 1996 to 2004. The chronology is also color-coded to aid in identifying the actions of the World Health Organization, the initial reports of cases in a new country, and the source of new infections. Includes a table of SARS cases and fatalities from Nov. 2002 to July 2003.

adobeAppendix B: WHO cooperation against disease [18 KB, pdf]: Appendix B provides links to materials that will be useful in providing context on the World Health Organization and its role in regulating the SARS outbreak.

adobeAppendix C: The Chinese Context [15 KB, pdf]: Appendix C provides suggestions for background readings. These readings will help instructors and students to more fully understand the context in which the Chinese government operated during the SARS outbreak.

adobeAppendix D: Information about SARS [16 KB, pdf]: Appendix D provides links to information from the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Canada on SARS.

adobeAppendix E: Additional Readings for Students and Instructors [19 KB, pdf]: Appendix E provides citations of readings that can be used to supplement the case study.

adobeAppendix F: Internet Resources [17 KG, pdf]: Appendix F compiles websites from national public health and disease control agencies in China, USA, Canada, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Singapore.



Instructors: Use these sample presentation slides during your class:

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Funding for the International Dimensions of Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Project comes from the National Science Foundation through grant number 0734887. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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