Course Schedule

Fall 2014 Registration

The Bioethics Institute will be offering the following courses in Fall 2014:

 Course#

 Title

 Days/Times

 Instructor

 Location

 CRN

 BIOE 6000 

 Introduction to Bioethics

 M 7:15-9:45pm

 Dr. Dell’Oro 

 UNH 4511 

 45736 

 BIOE 6700

 Foundations of Philosophical Ethics

 W 7:15-9:45pm 

 Dr. Dell’Oro

 UNH 4511

 45738

 

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COURSE TITLE: INTRODUCTION TO BIOETHICS
COURSE NUMBER: BIOE 6000
SECTION TIMES/DAYS: M 7:15-9:45 – UH 4511 (BIOETHICS CONFERENCE ROOM)
INSTRUCTOR: DR. ROBERTO DELL’ORO 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Bioethics represents a complex intellectual phenomenon in the canon of newly emerging disciplines.  Although an established academic field, it stills struggles to find a formal and coherent methodology for the analysis of ethical problems triggered by advances in medicine and the life sciences.  The course introduces students to the historical, theoretical, and thematic dimensions of bioethics.  More specifically, the course looks at historical contribution of theologians and philosophers to bioethics; it addresses the theoretical challenges of bioethics as an interdisciplinary field, with an emphasis on dominant theories in bioethics; and, finally, it touches upon the main topics of bioethics, including medical experimentation, assisted reproductive technologies, genetics, transplantation, assisted suicide and euthanasia. 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand the basic problems, methods, and approaches to the field of bioethics.
  • Familiarize with the main ethical theories of bioethics and identify the philosophical components of the public discussion on bioethical issues.
  • Engage in the critical analysis of bioethical questions and articulate their theoretical and practical dimension
  • Appreciate the importance of ethical dialogue across different philosophical traditions 

PREREQUISITES/RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND

Undergraduate degree

REQUIRED TEXTS

Albert R. Jonsen, The Birth of Bioethics (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998 or 2003). LMU Library | Compare Prices

Jessica Pierce and George Randels, Contemporary Bioethics: A Reader with Cases (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010). LMU Library (on order) | Compare Prices

Tom L. Beauchamp and James F. Childress, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, 7th edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013). LMU Library | Compare Prices

COURSE WORK/EXPECTATIONS

This graduate course is a combination of lectures and student participation. Students are invited to come to class having done all the readings assigned for the day.  Additional assignments include 2 essays and a research paper.

     


    

 

COURSE TITLE: FOUNDATIONS OF PHILOSOPHICAL ETHICS
COURSE NUMBER: BIOE 6700
SECTION TIMES/DAYS: W 7:15-9:45 – UH 4511 (BIOETHICS CONFERENCE ROOM)
INSTRUCTOR: DR. ROBERTO DELL’ORO 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course introduces students in bioethics to the theories and problems of moral philosophy, comprising both a historical and a systematic component.  Main versions of ethics will be studied, including natural law and virtue ethics, deontological and consequentialist theories.  Students will understand the function and importance of ethical frameworks for the articulation of bioethical problems. Although the course’s interest is ultimately on the bioethical implications of foundational approaches to ethics, the focus will be theoretical in scope.  Classical texts from Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Hume, Kant, Mill, and others will be studied.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Familiarize with the main ethical theories of bioethics and identify the philosophical components of the public discussion on bioethical issues.
  • Engage in the critical analysis of bioethical questions and articulate their theoretical and practical dimension.
  • Appreciate the importance of ethical dialogue across different philosophical traditions

PREREQUISITES/RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND

Undergraduate Degree

REQUIRED TEXTS

Tom L. Beauchamp, Philosophical Ethics: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy, 3rd edition (Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2001). LMU Library (on order) | Compare Prices

Additional texts from classical philosophers will be studied

COURSE WORK/EXPECTATIONS

This graduate course is a combination of lectures and student participation. Students are invited to come to class having done all the readings assigned for the day.  Additional assignments include 2 essays and a research paper.