University of Pittsburgh

Bioethics and Law

Catalog Number: 5464
3.0 Credits
Priority: Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority
Offering Frequency: Every other year
Catalog Requirements: "W" Writing.

This is an introduction to a variety of issues in biomedical ethics brought about primarily by the innovative techniques and technologies that the biomedical sciences have developed such as artificial procreation (e.g., in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, cloning), genetic screening and engineering, and life support systems (e.g., respirators, medications, artificial nutrition and hydration). The primary focus of our inquiry will be whether these innovations should be regulated by law and if so how.

The casebook for the course contains about 2 dozen problems. The class sessions will be a combination of a discussion of these problems and lecture/discussion. Each student will prepare a short written analysis (2-6 pages) of a handful or so of the problems help lead the class discussion of those problems. These written analyses will constitute the primary basis for the course grade. 

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