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A Search for the Right Answer

In this role-playing case study on Parkinson’s disease, students learn about brain injury and brain repair mechanisms, the physical and psych ...

A Simple Plan

This case study introduces students to Dr. E.L. Trudeau, who performed a seminal early experiment validating the germ theory of infection. Part I i ...

A Social-Cognitive Exploration of Reactions to Leiby Kletzky's Abduction and Homicide

An eight-year-old boy, abducted while walking home from day camp, is killed and dismembered, and his alleged murderer, a member of the boy's commun ...

A Struggle for Power in China: The Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam in China is one of the world's largest hydroelectric dams, providing energy for millions of people. However, the dam's constru ...

Amber's Secret

This problem-based case focuses on the female menstrual cycle and early stages of pregnancy of an unwed teenager. Working in small groups, students ...

Artificial Sanity

Using the story of death row inmate Charles Singleton, who developed paranoid schizophrenia while in prison awaiting execution, this case study exp ...

Case of Maria

This case illustrates concepts of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment within the context of a counseling relationship. Its primary purpose is to t ...

Chemical Eric Can't See

This autobiographical case study presents the story of Eric as he learns that he has a genetic eye disease, which progresses to the point that he b ...

Community-Based Management and Conservation in Africa

Niko lives in Namibia and is about to attend a community meeting at which the fate of his family's re-settlement will be decided. He is not sure wh ...

Cooling Off a Warming Planet

This role-playing case on climate change policy is designed to engage student groups in parallel discussions on policy instruments and packages for ...

Dire Straights

This case study is a fictional account of a romantic interlude in which a secret concerning the gender history of one of the characters is revealed ...

Exploring Unintentional Racism

This case study is designed to help students explore their attitudes about race and examine the complexity of racism. It also has been used to teac ...

Family, Culture, Medicine

This four-part problem-based learning case examines cultural conflicts between Western medicine and non-Western traditional healing practices. Stud ...

Just Lose It!

This case study introduces “Rose” and “Michael,” a couple with infertility issues that may be related to Rose’s weigh ...

Keeping to the Straight and Narrow

This case study tells the story of a group of ten men, recently released from federal penitentiaries, who are housed in a residential reentry cente ...

Local vs. Foreign Tragedy

This case study challenges students to understand and apply a set of concepts from the domain of social psychology to an inflammatory article that ...

Michael's Story

This interdisciplinary case study introduces us to the Greens, a family with a recently diagnosed autistic child. Autism is one of several disorder ...

Moving to Higher Ground: Ecosystems, Economics and Equity in the Floodplain

Healthy river systems serve a wide variety of functions, including recreation, crop production, and navigation. Effective floodplain management req ...

Nature or Nurture

This case explores the question of whether gender identity is determined strictly by genetics (nature) or social variables (nurture).  It is b ...

Niños Desaparecidos: A Case Study about Genetics and Human Rights

This case study is based on the identification of 50 children who were displaced during Argentina’s Dirty War of the 1970s, subjected to DNA ...

Of Silt and Ancient Voices

This case explores the complex and multifaceted resource management issues that arose when traditional Zuni Indian land and water use practices wer ...

Prayer Study

In this case, students read a news article about a study of the effects of intercessory prayer on cardiac patients published in the Archives of ...

Salem's Secrets

This case study examines the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts, in the late 1600s. It is designed to provide students with ...

Stereotype Threat and Recommendations for Overcoming It

This case study uses an example of racism experienced by a Korean American student to explore the concept of stereotype threat and its impact on co ...

Studying Racial Bias

Students evaluate a research proposal to determine if it is consistent with ethical principles and federal guidelines for conducting research with ...

The Big Bad Wolf or Symbol of the American Wilderness?

Students enrolled in natural resource programs typically have classroom experience in science-based curricula with little exposure as to how to app ...

The Case of Desiree's Baby

This case is based on Kate Chopin’s short story “Desiree’s Baby,” a tragic tale of race and gender in antebellum Louisiana ...

The Case of the Jamaican Fisherman

Designed for a first- or second-semester Anatomy & Physiology course, this directed case study involves a 48-year-old Jamaican fisherman who su ...

The Great Parking Debate

Two friends debate whether people leave their parking spaces faster if others are waiting. They decide to see if they can design a study to test th ...

The Irresistible Costs of Impressing Others

Recent research indicates that people who boast to friends and those who are modest to strangers are less able to regulate their behaviors on other ...

The Lady of Charleston?

This case uses the real story of Dawn Langley Simmons, who may have been misidentified as male at birth, to illustrate the developmental basis of h ...

The Medicinal Use of Marijuana

Whether marijuana should be legalized for medicinal purposes has been contested for decades. The claims, counter-claims, issues, and judgments in t ...

Thirty-Two Seconds to Go: A Case of Motivation, Locus of Control, and Self-Efficacy

In the 1983 Big Eight Conference championship football game, Neil Harris deflected a pass with 32 seconds to go in a play that stopped the Universi ...

To Be Who I Am

This case examines a rare condition known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder, in which an individual has a persistent and consuming desire to beco ...

Uretero What?

This case study follows a woman faced with a series of difficult medical decisions. Students apply systems-level physiology as they explore a pregn ...

War, Death, and Cognitive Dissonance

This case study explores cognitive dissonance theory, a theory proposed by psychologist Leon Festinger in 1956 to explain the tension that exists w ...

Why Was the 1918 Influenza So Deadly?

In this intimate debate, students examine the causes of the devastation wrought by the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic. Students consider whether t ...