REL 292 Basics of Bioethics is an examination of Western philosophical and religious understandings of moral issues brought on by advances in health care, science and technology. In this course, students will learn the “Principles approach” to bioethics, as well as other ethical approaches to the difficult moral issues raised by contemporary medical science and its clinical applications. To that end, case analysis will be used extensively in this course. The course is designed to help facilitate connections for students between medical/scientific advances, ethics, religious values, and American public policy about technology and health care. Each class session will alternate between theoretical and medical/scientific considerations, and the concreteness of bioethical case analyses. Students who have credit for SSI1/SSI2 150 and are considering this course should consult with the instructor. Cross-listed as REL 292.
BE 400 Bioethics Integration Seminar BE 400 is the capstone course required of all students who aim to attain the Interdisciplinary curricular designation of Emphasis in Bioethics on the transcript upon graduation. In this senior seminar students will pull together the ethical implications of the courses they have taken toward the BE designation. Students will individually or collaboratively examine a bioethical case issue from the variety of disciplinary perspectives that comprise the program in an attempt to understand the full complexity of the issue. The course will rotate among Bioethics Program core faculty from different disciplines, who will help model for students the challenges and promises of cross-disciplinary integration on particular issues of relevance. The following themes will serve as semester-long focal points depending on which of the core faculty is teaching the course in any given year: Moral Philosophy, Ethics of Research, Narrative Medicine, Health Inequalities, Patient/Physician Interactions, Animal Models in Science & Art, Emerging Technologies in Science & Ethics. Prerequisite: BIOE/REL 292.