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Race and Bioethics

East Baltimore
3rd Term
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
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
Next Offered
2023 - 2024

Introduction to Ethical Theory

Race has been used to categorize humans for at least 200 years. How can the field of bioethics help us to understand the meanings and uses of race?
Focuses on the moral and ethical dimensions of health and medicine, but because many bioethical debates revolve around what it means to be human, understanding race is relevant to bioethics. Examines the varied meanings and uses of race, as well as how bioethics has and has not engaged with these meanings and uses. Explores how contemporary bioethics can engage with bioethics more substantively with race and its implications, specifically racism and health inequities.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify multiple meanings and uses of race and racial hierarchies
  2. Identify how bioethics has and has not engaged with the topics or race and racism
  3. Analyze how moral and ethical theories can be applied to racial discrimination, specifically in healthcare
  4. Use bioethics concepts to present multiple viewpoints on an issue focusing on race and healthcare
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 15% Midterm Paper
  • 40% Final Paper
  • 25% Presentation(s)