WGS.271 - Dilemmas in Biomedical Ethics: Playing God or Doing Good?

(Same subject as 21A.302[J]
Prereq: None
Units: 3-0-9
Lecture: F2-5 (E53-354
 
An introduction to the cross-cultural study of biomedical ethics. Examines moral foundations of the science and practice of western biomedicine through case studies of abortion, contraception, cloning, organ transplantation and other issues. Evaluates challenges that new medical technologies pose to the practice and availability of medical services around the globe, and to cross-cultural ideas of kinship and personhood. Discusses critiques of the biomedical tradition from anthropological, feminist, legal, religious, and cross-cultural theorists. 
E. C. James
Textbooks (Fall 2016)