Undergraduate | MAQ-PHIX2060 | 2024
Bioethics and Biotechnology
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- Study method
- 100% online
- Subject may require attendance
- Start dates
- 22 July 2024,
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- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 18 weeks
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Bioethics and Biotechnology
About this subject
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to
- demonstrate a sound understanding of the major ethical issues posed by specific biotechnological advances.
- analyse and critically evaluate relevant case studies and scientific contexts, as well as theories and arguments in the relevant literature.
- develop and apply skills and concepts involved in ethical reasoning and argumentation to past, current and future controversies in biotechnological and other sciences
- construct sound arguments in support of your own ethical positions, judgements and values.
- Express in written communication with improved clarity of thought, expression, and argumentation.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
This subject introduces students to a selection of the most pressing ethical questions and concerns raised by current and recent developments in the so-called 'biotech revolution', especially in the sphere of genetic technology. The first section of the unit provides an introduction to ethical reasoning, to issues of social justice and to the relationship between social values, scientific enquiry and research ethics in the context of biotechnology. The second section focuses on the ethics of gene technology in the spheres of human medicine and reproduction, including: genetic screening/testing; gene editig and therapies; genetic enhancement; and human reproductive cloning. In the third section we explore the impact of biotechnologies on other aspects of human, non-human animal and environmental welfare including: genetic engineering of plants and animals (GMOs); biofortification of food; bio-prospecting; and commercial exploitation of human genetic material. The unit is an ethics unit, not a science unit, and prior scientific knowledge is not required.
- Online Examination (25%)
- Active participation and engagement (15%)
- Argumentative essay (30%)
- Online introduction and film reflection (10%)
- Online quizzes (20%)
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You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
- MAQ-PHIX1031-The Philosophy of Human Nature
- MAQ-PHIX1032-Happiness, Goodness and Justice
- MAQ-PHIX1037-Critical Thinking
NCCW (pre-2020 units) CBMS807, ELS860, PHIL260, PHL260
40cp at 1000 level or above
NCCW (2020 and onwards)
PHIL2060 Bioethics and Biotechnology
MOLS8002 Bioethics and Biotechnology
No additional requirements
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.
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