Interested in ethical issues in medicine? Want to explore moral and political questions surrounding the environment and technology?
Here are some courses lined up this fall at Georgetown, all of which can be counted towards a minor or concentration in Bioethics. Learn more about achieving the minor here.
Courses in the Department of Philosophy
PHIL 104-01: Bioethics: Law & End of Life · John Keown: The course examines several controversial questions in depth, not least whether and if so when the law should permit voluntary euthanasia and/or physician-assisted suicide; the withdrawal of life-saving treatment and tube-feeding; the definition of death; and organ transplantation.
PHIL 105-01; 02; 03: Bioethics · Megan Dean or Anthony Adam Manela: This course introduces students to contemporary issues in bioethics, an interdisciplinary subject focused on ethical issues in health care, health policy, medical practice, medical and scientific research, and more.
PHIL 232-01; 70: Ethical Theory · Karen Stohr or Jeremy R. Koons: This course is a systematic, intensive exploration of philosophical ethics. It aims to provide philosophy majors and minors with a broad overview of ethical theory, but in a way that enables a deep level of engagement with its central concerns and considerations.
PHIL 440-01: Bioethics and Mental Illness · Wilfried Ver Eecke: This course will address philosophical issues that arise in the context of reflection on mental illness and the way in which it is treated medically.
Courses Outside the Department of Philosophy
BIOL 261-01: Science/Society: Global Challng (Science/Society: Global Challenges) · Francis Paul Slakey: This seminar introduces students to some of the most significant and complex science and public interest challenges of our time including: managing a global pandemic, reducing carbon emissions, meeting growing global energy demand, and containing weapons of mass destruction.
BIOL 265: Genetics & Disability: Arts & Media · Beth Peshkin: This course explores two major themes. First, we will examine recent trends and policies related to reproductive genetic testing, and the potential implications of such testing on individuals, families, and society. Second, we will consider whether and how the widespread use of genomic medicine in general improves health on an individual and population basis.
GOVT 391-01: Ethics & Public Policy · TBA: In this seminar we will study the ethical and political dimensions of public policy by focusing on the history, institutions and ideas of American incarceration.
HEST 254-01: Intro to Healthcare Ethics · Sarah Vittone: This course will address philosophical issues that arise in the context of reflection on healthcare and the strengths and weaknesses existing in differing implementations of systems.
HESY 191-01: Healthcare Managerial Ethics · John Wallenhorst: This course will explore the moral and social responsibility of healthcare administrators. It is based on the assumption of the importance to health services and health services administration of a balance of values, knowledge and skills
HESY 355: Health in a Free Society · John Kraemer: This course is about representative government and how it protects, or fails to protect, human health, as well as what duties citizens and the state owe to the public’s health.
PHYS-203-01: Science/Society: Global Challng (Science/Society: Global Challenges) · Francis Paul Slakey and Allyson Anderson: This seminar introduces students to some of the most significant and complex science and public interest challenges of our time including: managing a global pandemic, reducing carbon emissions, meeting growing global energy demand, and containing weapons of mass destruction.
STIA 371-02: Global Health Ethics · Irene Jillson: This course is designed to introduce students to ethical issues in health care policy, planning and service delivery in the global context.
THEO-076 Religious Ethics and Moral Issues · Terrence Reynolds: An exploration of fundamental concepts in ethical discourse, and of positions taken by religious moralists on particular issues such as human sexuality, abortion, revolution and war, and euthanasia. Readings from ethical theory, contemporary religious and secular ethicists, and case studies.