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Nancy A.S. Jecker
B H 411
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Bioethics

Case-based approach to major topics in bioethics, such as abortion, genetic testing, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia. Emphasizes utilizing ethical principles and methods of case analysis.

Class description

This course introduces students to bioethics as a field of scholarly inquiry. It accomplishes this primarily by working through specific ethical problems that arise in the clinical setting of medicine. By developing an appreciation of these problems, and of the methods of analysis used in their resolution, students learn about the methods and practice of bioethics. Throughout the course, students will be asked both to employ philosophical analysis and argument in practical contexts, and to assess critically the assumptions underlying such analysis. Using a case-based approach, we examine topics such as assisted reproductive technologies, prenatal genetic diagnosis, genetic enhancement, decisions to forego life-sustaining treatment, hospice care, and the ethical and legal aspects of active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

None

Class assignments and grading

Two take-home essay examinations.

Two take-home essay examinations.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Nancy A.S. Jecker
Date: 03/13/2009