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RST-306 Christian Bioethics

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course provides students with an opportunity to understand and evaluate various Christian positions on a range of contemporary moral issues related to biology, technology, and medicine.  The course examines selected topics in the ethics of reproduction, genetics and research, end-of-life care, and the allocation of scarce resources.  Prerequisite: RST-201. The course fulfills the general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and values.  [3 credits]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. Appreciate the interdisciplinary character of Christian bioethics and how it appeals to scientific, religious and philosophical sources. 

2. Identify the similarities and differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant approaches to bioethics.

3. Recognize the degree to which bioethics today includes social and global dimensions.

4. Express clearly and convincingly, both orally and in writing, their positions on a range of contemporary bioethical issues.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1. Attendance at all classes and active participation

2. Four essays of three-to-four pages each

3. Mid-term and Final exam

REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK(S) OR MATERIALS:

Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

  • Assignments and/or chapter(s) being discussed on the first day of class and/or required reading/assignments required for the first day of class are indicated in the course syllabus found on the Joule course site.