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This subject explores ethical issues raised by current practices in medicine and by future developments in biotechnology and genetics. Among the issues that will be investigated are: controversial choices in medicine; abortion; euthanasia, assisted suicide and infanticide; in vitro fertilisation; preimplantation and prenatal genetic selection; life extension and cryonics; human enhancement; conscientious objection in the medical context; and human cloning.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will:
- have developed a deeper philosophical and ethical understanding of a range of contentious issues in contemporary bioethics;
- be motivated to draw connections between the philosophical and ethical dimensions of those issues and other issues in their personal and professional lives.
Last updated: 3 November 2022