Introduction to Bioethics
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Course Number: LPSY 3137
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This course is intended to introduce students to the fundamental principles of bioethics and the many ethical issues that arise in the rapidly changing fields of biomedicine and the life sciences. The course will begin with an overview of the philosophical underpinnings and principles of bioethics, using clinical case studies to help illustrate and work through these principles. We will spend the remainder of the course focusing on recent biomedical topics that have engendered much public controversy including end of life decision making, physician assisted suicide, reproductive technologies, prenatal screening, abortion, diagnostic genetics, and human experiments. Bioethics is by its nature interdisciplinary and includes methodologies and readings from history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, the life sciences and many more disciplines. You should come to this class prepared to think critically, articulate your views, and understand the potential opposing arguments. Your participation and engagement with the material is essential. Come prepared to keep your eye on high profile issues arising in the media.
Open to Undergraduate students.