Course Catalog


  • Semester 1

    Sept 2 - Dec 18, 2020 For Members Register
  • Semester 2

    Jan 13 - April 30, 2021 For Members Register

Course Overview

Ethics is the study of what one should do as an individual and as a member of society. In this course students evaluate ethical issues related to medicine and the life sciences. During the semester, students explore real-life ethical issues, including vaccination policies, organ transplantation, genetic testing, human experimentation, and animal research. Through reading, writing, and discussion, students learn basic concepts and skills in the field of bioethics, deepen their understanding of biological concepts, strengthen their critical-reasoning skills, and learn to engage in respectful dialogue with people whose views may differ from their own. In addition to journal articles and position papers, students will be required to read Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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