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East Baltimore
2nd term
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Travis N. Rieder
Travis Rieder

700.603 Introduction to Ethical Theory


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% Presentation(s)
  • 50% Final Paper

Enrollment Restriction:

Enrollment priority given to MBE and Bioethics Certificate students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduate students and any students outside MBE and Bioethics Certificate programs

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