This class will consider moral questions that arise at the intersection of medicine, biology, law, public health, and public policy. We will begin with an introduction to ethical principles in bioethics. These principles will then serve as a lens through which to analyze five important topics in the field: 1) End-of-Life Issues (such as refusing and terminating life-sustaining treatment, active euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide); 2) Reproductive Choice (including abortion and the use of assisted reproductive technologies); 3) Gifting and Selling the Body (in the contexts of assisted reproduction and organ transplantation); 4) Resource Allocation (with emphasis on allocating scare life-saving medical resources); and 5) The Conduct of Clinical Research (with emphasis on research involving vulnerable populations and research in developing countries). We will use numerous actual and hypothetical cases to highlight salient moral issues. Students will write a term paper of 20-25 pages. Please note that the seminar paper for this course will not satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.
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Last offered Spring 2013.