BSOC 2051

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

In today's rapidly changing world of health and medicine, complex ethical issues arise in many contexts from the private, interpersonal interactions between doctor and patient to the broad, mass-mediated controversies that make medicine into headline news. This course examines ethical problems and policy issues that rise in contemporary medicine, health care, and biomedical research. Tools for ethical research are applied to a variety of topics and fundamental questions in bioethics. Perspectives from social science, history, and law also inform the course, which will consider ethical issues in their social and institutional context. We will explore problems that arise in a number of substantive areas, including the doctor-patient relationship, end-of-life decision making, distributive justice and health care, human experimentation, reproductive technology, public health, and human genetics. The course will also examine the relatively new field of bioethics itself, raising questions about what issues count as ethical ones and exploring the role of ethical expertise in contemporary societies.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: senior, junior, and sophomore students.

Distribution Category (KCM-AS)

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: STS 2051

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  9652BSOC 2051  LEC 001

  • First-Year students not admitted into course.

  •  9653BSOC 2051  DIS 201

  •  9654BSOC 2051  DIS 202

  •  9655BSOC 2051  DIS 203

  •  9656BSOC 2051  DIS 204

  •  9657BSOC 2051  DIS 205

  •  9658BSOC 2051  DIS 206

  •  9659BSOC 2051  DIS 207

  •  9660BSOC 2051  DIS 208