This course examines various moral issues that arise due to current and likely biotechnology advancement. We cover a variety of fascinating topics, include the debate over the use of embryonic stem cells.
After a general survey of the course, we explore some basic moral viewpoints frequently used in discussions about biotechnology. We also discuss bioethical concerns such as informed consent, autonomy, competence and the case method in bioethics.
The main biotechnology topics covered are:
Screen capture from contents page of Bioethics & Biotechnology.
Typically, an instructor will require frequent written assignments, perhaps twelve during the semester. A midterm and final is typically included, and are usually longer. Short assignments range from a long paragraph to about two pages. On the undergraduate level, this is a writing course, and so special University writing requirements apply.
Ethics & Biotechnology will use Internet documents and tutorials, such as the U.S. federal government's extensive report, Beyond Therapy.
Screen capture of contents of Beyond Therapy.
This course is usually taught by Professors DeMarco and Harvey.
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