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Biomedical Ethics

This course develops students’ critical thinking about dilemmas in medicine and health care policy, such as those that arise around allocation of scarce resources, criteria for organ transplants, informed consent, experimentation on human subjects, AIDS research, embryo research and selective termination of pregnancy, euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide. Through such cases the course introduces methods in moral reasoning, rights-based reasoning, decision-making under uncertainty, and utilitarianism in classic and contemporary normative reasoning. This course will take an approach towards biomedical ethics that is heavily informed by empirical ethics and situation-based approached to ethical considerations of bio-medicine and technology. Dr. Mark Robinson University of Massachusetts Boston View Syllabus

Environmental Ethics & Public Policy

Environmental Ethics and Public Policy: This course examines the implementation of public policies to promote environmental ethics, focusing on environmental justice. The course will begin by reviewing different concepts of environmental justice. We then look to see how one might determine that a situation constitutes an environmental injustice. The third part of the course examines the processes and policies that are used to promote environmental justice in the United States. We conclude by examining specific policy areas in which environmental justice plays a significant role. Dr. Jeffrey Alan Johnson Westminster College