History and Philosophy Of Science | Contemporary Issues in Bioethics
X123 | 17472 | Laura Seger

This course investigates the relations between biology and ethics
and their impact on public policy.  We will focus on specific
debates within bioethics, aiming first to understand and then to
critically evaluate their arguments.  No prior experience in biology
or philosophy is required.

In connection with the Fall 2010 Themester, Sustainability: Thriving
on a Small Planet, we will discuss how biomedicine and biotechnology
can be viewed as limited resources to be shared by all.  We will
investigate relevant issues such as just distribution of healthcare,
allocation of transplant organs, creation of bio-engineered food,
and genetic counseling of prospective parents.

2nd 8 weeks