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PHIL 265 Biomedical Ethics • 5 Cr.


Introduces ethical problems relating to medical practice and biological research. Students discuss ethical issues in euthanasia, abortion, animal experimentation, genetic engineering, and doctor-patient relationships. Designed for students entering medical and research fields, but applicable to moral problems in any field.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Formulate, clarify and evaluate arguments
  • Analyze and assess views that make ethics a matter of convention, including moral relativism and Divine Command Theory.
  • Explain and evaluate substantive ethical theories including utilitarianism and respect for persons and the ethics of care.
  • Explain how substantive ethical theories including utilitarianism, respect for persons and the ethics of care incorporate the value of cultural diversity.
  • Analyze as assess biomedical ethical issues like euthanasia, genetic engineering, abortion in terms of substantive ethical theories.
  • Explain the ethical foundations of medical guidelines concerning voluntary informed assent, the use of subjects in experimental procedures.
  • Address ethical issues concerning disabilities.
  • Write argumentative essays containing clear thesis claims, strong arguments for the theses, reasonable consideration of opposing views, and conforming to the presentation/writing standards set forth in the “BC Philosophy Writing Guidelines.”



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