Bioethics syllabus--fall 2010

Bioethics syllabus--fall 2010 - Bioethics Biology 4486/01...

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Bioethics Biology 4486/01 Fall 2010 Faculty: Saunders Jones Jr.MD Time & Place: Office: SC 337 Mon/Wed: 12:30-1:45pm Phone: 770 547 3279 cell SC 213 WEBSITE: http://science.kennesaw.edu/~sjones12/ E-mail: sjones12@kennesaw.edu Office hours: by appt please notify me by email what is best for you. Purpose of Course: Most students taking this class will become scientists, a health care professional or other user of biological knowledge. Although science classes focus solely on the physical aspects of the world, knowing science method and facts is not enough for producing good science. Advances in biology and technology are having a larger impact in fundamental issues such as re-defining life, determining its beginning and end, determining the “quality of life”, and determining behavioral or physical traits in human beings. Human technology also has a tremendous impact on the natural environment. Thus it is important that producers and users of biological knowledge be able to identify the relationship between science and a society’s values. This is especially so in a pluralistic society like the United States, with its diverse traditions and values. Furthermore, the biological sciences are rapidly growing in the commercial sector where money rather than ethics can determine which technologies are developed. Biologists should understand how biology affects society and play a mature role in its decision-making. The learning objectives for this course are for students to: 1. Know key events in the history of human subjects research and how the events gave rise to modern bioethics; 2. Understand basic principles of bioethics as expressed in the Hippocratic Oath, the Nuremberg Code, and the Belmont Principles regarding human subjects research: Respect for Autonomy, Beneficence (including Do No Harm) and Justice; 3. Study example issues as occurs at the intersection between biology or medicine, and society, including other species or the environment; 4. Identify ethical principles within an issue and use the larger framework for moral reasoning; 5. Articulate their own opinion and views, verbally and in writing, with respect to an issue in bioethics. 6.
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