UT Law School Classes
- Spring 2014
Bioethics And Law
10:30 am - 12:20 pm
|| Test Date
Wednesday, May 7
This course examines the legal, ethical, and policy issues that arise at the intersection of law, medicine, and new technology, especially as they affect medical practices at the beginning and end of life. The topics addressed involve issues of great significance to health care providers, families, patients, policymakers, and health lawyers. No special knowledge or background in science, medicine, or bioethics is necessary.
Related Course Areas
In the first half of the course we will study 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. We will also address issues of rationing care at the end of life (the so-called "death panels" canard that arose in the health insurance reform debate).
Topics studied in the second half of the course will include rights to procreate and avoid procreation, sterilization, abortion, contraception, embryo and fetal research, IVF and assisted reproduction, egg and sperm donors and surrogates, and prenatal duties of pregnant women to prospective offspring. We will also have classes devoted to genetic screening of fetuses and embryos, and the use of embryos to obtain stem cells for research and therapy.
There will be a final exam. Depending on the number enrolled, there may also be two short papers based on the assigned material. Prepared materials and a casebook will be required.