STS 2051

STS 2051

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

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 First-Year students must have permission of instructor to enroll.

Distribution Category (KCM-AS)

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 2051

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8667STS 2051  LEC 001

  • First-Year students must have permission of instructor to enroll.

  •  8668STS 2051  DIS 201

  •  8669STS 2051  DIS 202

  •  8670STS 2051  DIS 203

  •  8671STS 2051  DIS 204

  •  8672STS 2051  DIS 205

  •  8673STS 2051  DIS 206

  •  8674STS 2051  DIS 207

  •  8675STS 2051  DIS 208