Bioethical Choices, Dilemmas and Values


INSTRUCTOR: Michelle Mason


SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 12:00PM – 1:15PM

Course Description

When does life begin or end? Is there a fundamental right to health care? During the health-related decision-making process, whose interests supersedes the other, the patient or the doctor? Should algorithms be used to predict criminality? Is climate change a bioethical issue? Should robots be designed to make independent, wartime decisions? What are your responsibilities and duties as bioethical concerns arise? This course introduces a range of bioethical problems, choices, and values through these and related questions. The course provides students with an understanding of bioethics main terms and concepts. Using a variety of philosophical, moral, cultural and personal frameworks, students learn to place ethical questions in context, thereby developing systematic strategies for the critical analysis and evaluation of bioethical issues.