Course Description

The intersection of biology and ethics is fraught with controversy. In this seminar for non-majors, we take a brief survey of key topics in bioethics, including human experimentation, euthanasia, and abortion. Occasionally, topics will be more narrow in scope. Such possibilities include Research & Medical Ethics–which would cover informed consent, clinical equipoise, privacy, limit setting in healthcare, conflicts of interest, and research ethics; the Ethics of Biotechnologies, which centers on cloning, embryonic stem cell therapies, genetic research, enhancement/replacement, extensive use of antibiotics, and the history of bioethics; and Humans & Animals, which covers the use of animals in research, vegetarianism, and xenotransplantation, as well as other topics generally reserved for environmental ethics, including factory farming, lab-grown animals, and animal rights.