Bioethics, Genes and Biotechnology
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- 24 Jul 2023
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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.
NCCW (pre-2020 units) CBMS807, ELS860, PHIL260, PHL260 Pre-requisite 40cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (2020 and onwards) PHIL2060 Bioethics and Biotechnology MOLS8002 Bioethics and Biotechnology
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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%)
Current study term: 23 Jul 23 to 05 Nov 23
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