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700.701.11 Sex, Drugs, and Bioethics

Berman Institute (Bioethics)
Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Mon 06/12/2017 - Fri 06/16/2017
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  9:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Travis Rieder
Course Instructor:
  • Travis N. Rieder
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Everything you ever wanted to know about the moral purpose of medicine, but were afraid to ask.

Explores sex and drugs as key themes in the debates over the moral purpose of medicine. Examines ethical issues arising from uses of medical technologies in non-healing, contested, and illicit contexts. Includes topics such as sexual surgery, sex selection, human enhancement, sports doping, and recreational drug use. Encourages critical analysis and discussion of what medicine is for.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the key ethical issues arising from the use of medical technologies in contexts where healing is not the primary aim
  2. Explain the social, cultural, and political causes of ethical debates about the moral purpose of medicine
  3. Apply appropriate bioethics frameworks to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of competing analyses of the ethical issues related to medical technologies
  4. Create and deliver a research project exploring and assessing an ethical issue related to the uses of medicine in non-healing, contested, and illicit contexts
Methods of Assessment:

Participation: 30%, Presentations: 20%, Final Project Outline: 10%, Final Project: 40%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students are required to complete assignments prior to the start of class. The final assignment will be due on July 16, 2017 Course meets in Deering Hall; LLC Room