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Spring 2010-2011
WWS 315 (SA)   na, npdf

Bioethics and Public Policy

Harold T. Shapiro

Focuses on the relationship between selected issues in bioethics and their implications for public policy. Issues include the ethical responsibilities of doctor and patient to each other; the ethics of research with human subjects; the ethics of death and dying; the ethics of reproduction; eugenics; access to health care; the role of bioethics committees; and animal experimentation. Considers the history of cultural attitudes towards these matters, the contemporary policies designed to deal with them, and the landmark court cases that have focused on bioethics.

Reading/Writing assignments:
Writing: Term paper of approximately 20 pages with a bioethical issue that requires some public policy response. Weekly discussion via Blackboard. Book Review (10 pages). Reading: Most of the weekly readings will be articles which now form parts of various anthologies that have been assembled, but some of the readings will consist of government reports and a few books will also be assigned.

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40989 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Wallace Hall   004   Enrolled:6 Limit:25