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Course Status

2nd Term
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Wednesday, 3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

700.603 Introduction to Ethical Theory

MBE degree requirement
Offers a continuation of the exploration of ethical theory and its use in bioethics begun in "Introduction to Ethical Theory". Utilizes the conceptual and methodological tools from "Ethical Theory" in analyzing topics and cases currently being discussed in bioethics. Although topics change from year to year, common themes include: discussion of legal changes concerning end of life; the ethics of new reproductive technologies; ethical challenges concerning genome-editing technologies; and global ethical challenges such as climate change and resource allocation.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate various positions on bioethical issues
  2. Identify moral concepts in important bioethics cases
  3. Analyze bioethics arguments for validity and soundness
  4. Apply ethical theories, principles, and concepts to bioethical problems
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 30% Midterm Paper
  • 50% Final Paper
Enrollment Restriction
Enrollment priority given to MBE and Bioethics Certificate students
Special Comments

This is the virtual/online section of a course also held onsite. You are responsible for the modality in which you register.