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Course Description

Philosophy - PHIL 257

Bioethics (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

This course introduces students to a variety of ethical issues having to do with biology, health, and medicine. Students will be introduced to ethical theories and will critically examine various central issues in bioethics. Topics may include: end of life treatment, abortion, allocation of scarce materials, organ donation, the vaccine debate, animal rights, informed consent, justice and healthcare, genetic engineering and the meaning of life/death and technology.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Integrate critical thinking skills with contemporary bioethical questions.
  • Incorporate classic ethical theories with contemporary bioethical questions.
  • Apply key concepts in bioethics.
  • Explain the relationship between ethical theories, both classic and modern, and contemporary bioethical issues.
  • Distinguish the difference between emotional and reasoned reactions to bioethical issues.
  • Analyze readings on various contemporary bioethical debates.
  • Explore the possible results of employing bioethical concepts.
  • Discriminate the arguments for and against a variety of bioethical issues.
  • Evaluate the ethical arguments put forth in bioethical debates.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2018; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 09/18/2018

 257142901BioethicsOnline3Huston M$12.004/31/0Open 

Fall; 2018; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/27/2018

 257141911Bioethics 3Browne G$12.0015/31/0OpenT  09:00 AM-11:54 AM LA330
 257142902BioethicsOnline3Huston M$12.0016/31/0Open 

Winter; 2019; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 02/04/2019

 257112924BioethicsOnline3Fick D$12.0031/31/0Open 

Winter; 2019; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/14/2019

 257111909Bioethics 3Kirschenheiter T$12.0031/31/0OpenT  08:00 AM-10:54 AM LA410
 257112930BioethicsOnline3Huston M$12.0031/31/0Open