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Spring 2009 - Bioethics & Law

Robertson, John A

Course ID: 379M  Unique # 28330  Credit Hours: 3
Meeting DaysTimesLocation
   Monday 9:05 am - 10:20 am TNH 3.129
   Wednesday 9:05 am - 10:20 am TNH 3.129
Exam Type   Date   Time      Name Range   Room  
  Final Wednesday, May 13    8:30 am          A-Z
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.

This course examines the legal issues and law and policy that have developed to deal with new developments in medicine and science.  These issues raise ethical and legal issues of great significance and interest and often legal complexity.  After a general introduction to medicine and its regulation, the class will investigate legal issues and applicable surrounding death and the extension of life and then issues surrounding reproduction and the beginning of life.

Topics in the first half of the course will include the right to refuse necessary medical care, competency, active and passive euthanasia, withholding treatment from incompetent or comatose patients, decision-making roles for family, hospital ethics committees, and the courts, brain death and organ transplantation.

Topics studied in the second half of the course will rights to procreate and avoid procreation, sterilization, abortion, contraception, embryo and fetal research, IVF and assisted reproduction, egg and sperm donors and surrogates, stem cells, and genetics.  A requirement of the course is that students attend a half-day session of a conference on Law and Innovation in Biomedicine--The Case of Stem Cells to be held on April 10 and 11, 2009--and write a report on the topics discussed.

There will be a final exam.  Depending on the number enrolled, there may also be two short papers.

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