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Explores ethical issues within, and arising from, science and technology. Covers basic ethics in science, and the moral and social implications of life science for human life, particularly its earliest stages.
Bioethics and the Life Sciences gives students an opportunity to examine the ethical implications of life sciences and biotechnology. Increasingly, scientists are being called to justify some of their practices, such as human and animal experimentation, genetic modification, use of dead human bodies, and publication of controversial work. Without a good understanding of the moral issues arising within life science and biotechnology, scientists and non-scientists alike will not be well-equipped to participate in the public debate about bioscience and biotechnology and how they affect wider society.
|Paper title||Bioethics and the Life Sciences|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$913.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,314.50|
- 126 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- This paper is suitable for second-year and third-year students from all academic backgrounds who are interested in learning about and discussing the rights and wrongs of the biosciences.
- More information link
- View more information about this paper, including student testimonials, on the Bioethics Centre website.
- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Mike King
- Text books are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics,
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- Learning Outcomes
- The paper will encourage students to:
- Be able to identify key ethical concepts
- Identify moral claims and distinguish them from other sorts of claims
- Identify reasons given in support of particular moral claims
- Compare and contrast alternative analyses of topics
- Identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative analyses of topics
- Review key approaches and literature relating to bioethics of the biosciences, including topics concerning the beginning of life
- Use reasoned argument to present preferred analysis/approach
- Begin to recognise implications of ethical reasoning for scientific practice