The course Introduction to Bioethics is an online class provided by Georgetown University through edX. The skill level of the course is Introductory. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Introduction to Bioethics explores some of the most difficult – and fascinating – moral challenges we face in health, medicine, and emerging technologies.
Course description Should we clone humans? What should we think of the coming genetic revolution? How much control should we have over how and when we die? When does medical treatment turn into medical enhancement — and should we care? Is rationing health care good, bad, necessary — or all of the above? This course will explore fundamental moral issues that arise in medicine, health, and biotechnology. Some are as old as life itself: the vulnerability of illness, the fact of death. Some are new, brought on by a dizzying pace of technology that can unsettle our core ideas about human nature and our place in the world. And nearly all intersect with issues of racial and gender equality, as well as policies affecting the world’s most vulnerable populations. Designed to introduce students to the range of issues that define bioethics, together with core concepts and skills, this course should be of interest to undergraduates, health care professionals, policy makers, and anyone interested in philosophy or ethics. Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.Note: Please be aware that the content in this Bioethics course has not been updated since Summer 2017. New developments in the field of bioethics and in law have occurred but are not reflected in the course.
To obtain a verified certificate from edX / Georgetown University you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (49.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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