Course Information

Course Number

780

Credits

2

Law and Bioethics

This course will examine central issues in bioethics, with an emphasis on issues raised by advanced reproductive technologies. We will discuss the legal, policy, and ethical implications of such topics as: prenatal genetic screening; sex selection of one’s children; genetic enhancement; the imposition of criminal liability on parents for harm to fetuses; and who should pay for reproductive technologies.

The course grade will be based on three short reaction papers throughout the term (approximately 3 pages in length) and then one longer paper at the end (approximately 18-20 pages), as well as participation.


Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.