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Course Description

Schoolcraft is excited to offer traditional credit face-to-face, hybrid, online, and remote classes for Fall 2020 while providing students a safe experience based on recent COVID-19 concerns.

Please see the COVID-19 web page to learn more. Keep checking the schedule for additions on our New, Added, and Late Starting Courses web page.

Philosophy - PHIL 257


3 Credit Hours
3 Lecture Hours

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 TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2020; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 09/22/2020

 257142901BioethicsONL3Huston M2/31/0Open$12.00 

Fall; 2020; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/31/2020

 257141911BioethicsRMT3Michael Nelson20/24/0Open$12.00T  09:00 AM-11:54 AM WEBWEB
 257142902BioethicsONL3Fick D3/31/2Closed$12.00 

Winter; 2021; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 02/02/2021

 257112924BioethicsONL3Huston M31/31/0Open$12.00 

Winter; 2021; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/11/2021

 257111909BioethicsRMT3Huston M31/31/0Open$12.00M  08:00 AM-10:54 AM WEBWEB
 257112930BioethicsONL3Huston M31/31/0Open$12.00 

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday