Bioethics & Law

SLN #: 93139
Course Prefix: LAW-652
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Stevens

Course Description:
Bioethics and the Law explores the relationship among applicable US laws, regulations and policy and ethical/moral issues in the areas of health care, life sciences and related technology. The course is intended to give students an appreciation of the ways in which law has been used to guide decision-making in medicine and biomedical research, and, in turn, how theories of medical ethics and practice have informed modern legal developments. We will also explore the role of human autonomy in medical decision-making.

In Bioethics and the Law, we will take up a wide range of issues including (but not limited to): end of life decisions (including cryonics), human subject research, human enhancement, medical tourism, medical transplants (including head transplants – really!), developments in genetics research such as gene editing (e.g. CRSPR/Cas9), gene therapies, human reproduction (e.g. “three-parent” babies), genetic testing and related issues such as insurance & employment implications.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: No
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: Take-Home
Attendance Policy: Per Statement Of Student Policies

* The law school has a policy that Is used To calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.