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Undergraduate study at the Bioethics Centre

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Are you interested in questions like these?

  • Are some people bad, or are they mad? Where does evil stop and ill-health begin?
  • Does a cloned individual have their own personal identity?
  • How can we justify moral decisions?
  • How should we care for people who are dying?
  • Is animal experimentation unethical?
  • Is it wrong to use dead human bodies for art?
  • Should we build a needed dam even though it will make an insignificant fish species extinct?
  • Should we make use of data gained through unethical research, including wartime atrocities?
  • We have bred animals so that they will develop cancer. Can this be justified?
  • What causes scientists to fake their research results? How this be prevented?
  • What does it mean to live with dementia?
  • What sorts of things can we have moral obligations to? Dead people? Brain-dead people? Non-human animals? Rivers? Ecosystems? Works of art? Everyday objects?

These are questions that arise on the news, and in our lives and those of others. They are also a selection of the questions that are addressed in the Bioethics Centre's 200- and 300-level papers.

In these papers students can learn about and discuss these and other interesting and important topics. If you are not satisfied to leave these issues up to others to decide, and want instead to be able to be involved in the debate, these bioethics papers are an excellent starting point.

Undergraduate bioethics papers do not require specific prior learning in the arts or sciences. They can be included to add value to any degree at the 200- and 300-level of study.