BIOETHICS SEMINAR, Spring 2012

WHITMAN COLLEGE, BIOL 405
PROFESSOR PAUL H. YANCEY


This is a 1-credit seminar, taught every 2-3 years, on the major biological and medical ethical issues facing society. Weekly readings will be assigned and discussed in sessions largely run by students.

GRADING: 20% on attendance and participation (in class and on email poll questions); 20% on weekly worksheets; 60% on researching materials and creating a presentation for leading one discussion.
TEXT: Introduction to Bioethics (Shannon and Kockler, 2009)

CONTENTS of BIOETHICS 405 Website:

Syllabus Table (below)

SYLLABUS TABLE
DATE TOPIC READING* Discussion Leaders   WEB LINKS
Jan. 19 Introduction: Ethical Principles Chap. 1,3,4 Yancey   ----
Jan. 26 Scientific and Medical Ethics; Responsibility Chap. 2 Yancey    
Feb. 2 Human Experimentation: Informed Consent, etc. Chap. 16 Schutt, Glasionov   UW Human Exper. Ethics
Feb. 9 Reproduction I: ART Chap. 6 Sieracki, Lewis    
Feb. 16 Reproduction II: Cloning, Stem Cells Chaps. 14 Harbour, Veith   Clonaid; Stemaid
Feb. 23 Genetic Screening; Gene Patenting

Chap. 7

Bruckner, Singer    
Mar. 1 Health Care Resources I: Rationing, HMOs, Insurance TBA Huang, Helms    
Mar. 8 Health Care Resources II: Organ Transplants Chap. 15

Smith

  www.unos.org
Mar. 10-25 Spring Break   ---    
Mar. 29 Death and Dying: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide Chaps. 8-11 Wheat, Rhoades   Task Force on Euthanasia
Apr. 5 Genetic Engineering I: Non-Human Chap. 12 Bronstein, Raychaudhuri   News on GM Food
Apr. 12 Genetic Engineering: Human Chap. 13 Stone    
Apr. 19 Neuroethics TBA Jacob    
Apr. 26 Animal Experimentation TBA Boyer    
May 3 Environmental Ethics Chap. 17 Buckham, Sutherland   SFSU Envir. Ethics site

*Introduction to Bioethics by Shannon & Kockler (2009)


RECENT NEWS -- undergoing revision for 2012

Scientific/Research Ethics; Human Experiments

Reproductive Technology --ART; Cloning; Stem Cells

Euthanasia; Health Resources; Organ Transplants

Genetic Engineering

Neuroethics

INTERNET LINKS

Sites with general information and news on bioethics:

Private companies; Philanthropies/Charities; Organ network Sites with information on specific issues
ISSUE. Regarding marijuana use, do you favor:
A: No legalization of marijuana;
B. Legalization for restricted medical purposes only; or
C. Full legalization to an extent similar to alcohol or tobacco

 

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