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Fall 2017
Feb 23, 2018
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PHIL 105 - Bioethics
This course introduces students to contemporary issues in bioethics, an interdisciplinary subject focused on ethical issues in health care, health policy, medical practice, medical and scientific research, and more. Students will engage with ethical theory, case studies, and media to gain familiarity with foundational bioethical concepts and important topics including ability/disability, the “obesity crisis,” reproduction, race, and research ethics. Students will learn to use ethical concepts and normative theory to analyze and evaluate real-life cases, understand, articulate and defend philosophically and ethically sound positions, engage critically and respectfully with opposing views, and to recognize the moral residue that is often an unavoidable aspect of resolutions to complex bioethical problems. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Studio

Philosophy Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/STIA Biotech/Global Health, College/Bioethics

Mutual Exclusion:
This course carries a mutual exclusion with the following courses; you may not enroll in it if you have completed any of the following with a passing grade:
HEST 254

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