Law and Biomedical Ethics

This course offers a broad survey of the legal and ethical issues that often arise in the government’s attempts to regulate personal behavior and the provision of medical care.  A central focus of bioethics is the effect of new technology on the human body, as with reproductive technology or organ transplants.  This course, therefore, covers the legal and regulatory ramifications of such subjects as: defining death, “test tube babies,” genetic screening and technologies, surrogacy, human experimentation and research, organ transplantation and allocation, and physician-assisted death. This course will also address the field of bioethics more broadly by covering issues of personhood, privacy and autonomy as reflected in topics such as the parameters of the physician-patient relationship, informed consent, reproductive decision-making, the right to die, and compulsory testing.  In so doing, this course explores the relationship between law and policy, and the central tension between the state’s regulatory powers and individual autonomy.
Credits: 3

Type: SEM