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Ethics, Policy, and Emerging Biomedical Technologies

East Baltimore
4th term
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Debra Mathews
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year
Next Offered:
2023 - 2024



Science moves slowly and deliberately… except when it makes leaps and bounds, jumping ahead of the ethics and policy, forcing these arenas to run to play catch-up. This course will wrestle with the leaps and bounds and try to make sense of how to anticipate and respond to such rapid advances in science.

Examines the ethics and policy issues raised by emerging biomedical technologies, including stem cell science, genetics/genomics, neuroscience, and synthetic biology. Integrates primers on the relevant science with discussion of the ethics and policy issues raised by the design, conduct and integration of the science into research, clinical care and commerce.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify some of the ethics and policy issues raised by a range of emerging biotechnologies, and describe how these issues relate to the science itself
  2. Analyze the ethics and policy issues raised by emerging biotechnologies
  3. Discuss the similarities and differences across emerging biotechnologies in the types of ethics and policy challenges they raise in the contexts of research, clinical care and commerce
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Participation
  • 40% Presentation(s)
  • 35% Final Project

Enrollment Restriction:

Enrollment priority given to MBE students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduate students

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Course meets in Deering Hall; LLC Room