Feminist Bioethics with Maggie Little (Spring 2011)
"Feminist Bioethics was quite possibly the best course I've ever taken at Georgetown," said Emily Woodbury, a pre-med student in the School of Foreign Service, "The discussions guided by Dr. Little's incredibly personable brilliance was a great use of my time and an excellent introduction to the field." KIE Director and Senior Scholar Maggie Little's work in feminist bioethics is well-known and widely admired; for example, she has annually taught Feminist Approaches to Bioethics at the NIH's Department of Clinical Bioethics since 1999. Dr. Little's seminar at Georgetown addressed such diverse topics as women's participation in clinical trials, body modification, parenthood, pregnancy, abortion, and the role of women in medicine. Emily said, "It has been incredibly valuable to have approached these bioethical questions in a guided, engaging, informed way before I come across them as a medical professional and adult woman." Students in this course worked in small groups to create web-based research projects on emerging problems in bioethics. "I would absolutely recommend this course to any student interested in bioethics, regardless of their level of exposure to feminist theory, and to any undergraduate hoping to take the caliber of their academic experience or their ability to engage in elevated discussion to the next level."
Sample Courses :: Fall 2013
- PHIL 496 :: Ethics of Death and Dying
Every year, hundreds of Georgetown undergraduates take courses in bioethics that hone their writing, research, and critical thinking skills. Below are a few samples of student work that demonstrate the sort of integrative thinking and writing that is the hallmark of the study of bioethics.
- Mixing Business and Medicine: Mandatory Disclosure of Payments Made to Doctors
Sarah Justvig (Spring 2012)
- Requiring Ultrasound Before Abortion: Providing Information or Deterring from Abortion?
Kamil Lupicki (Spring 2012)
- Organ Transplantation for the Mentally Disabled
Sophia Topulos (Spring 2012)