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2016-2017 Course Catalog

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Biomedical Ethics

Professor:E. De Stasio (The Raymond H. Herzog Professor of Science Biology)
Associate professors:M. Ansfield (Psychology, chair), B. Jenike (Edward F. Mielke Professor of Ethics in Medicine, Science and Society Anthropology), M. Jenike (Anthropology)
Assistant professor:I. Albrecht (Philosophy)

The minor in biomedical ethics is designed to coordinate a student’s background and interests in biomedical ethics, health care public policy, and the biological sciences with a variety of more specialized approaches to the study and application of relevant principles, insights, and understandings gleaned from those backgrounds and interests. This minor has been designed to appeal to Lawrence students planning further work in medicine, nursing, genetic counseling, public health, and other areas of study in or related to health care as well as students wishing to undertake graduate work in applied ethics.

Required for the minor in biomedical ethics

  1. Completion of the following core courses:
    1. BIET 120/PHIL 120: Applied Ethics: Introduction to Biomedical Ethics
    2. BIOL 130: Integrative Biology: Cells to Organisms, BIOL 103: Biotechnology and Society, or ANTH 140: Biological Anthropology
    3. BIET 290/ECON 290: The Economics of Medical Care or BIET 495/GOV 495: Health Policy
    4. PSYC 245: Health Psychology or ANTH 342: Medical Anthropology
    5. BIET 370/PHIL 370: Advanced Studies in Bioethics, BIET 380/PHIL 380: Ethics of Technology or an approved independent study project on some aspect of biomedical ethics or health policy.
  2. Two additional 6-unit courses from the list below, or other relevant courses with approval of the program chair. Independent study projects must be approved by the advisory committee. Possible contexts for projects include a Mielke, Kasel, or Hughes internship, a tutorial, an independent study course, or a health care-related project in conjunction with an off-campus program.

Courses that fulfill requirement number two

  • ANTH 340: Human Biology, Evolution, and Health
  • ANTH 342: Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 377: Culture and Aging
  • BIOL 260: Genetics
  • BIOL 354: Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 465: Advanced Biotechnology
  • BIOL 453: Developmental Biology
  • ECON 271: Public Sector Economics
  • ECON 290: The Economics of Medical Care
  • ECON 400: Industrial Organization
  • ECON 440: Public Expenditure
  • GEOL 213: Geology and Health
  • GOVT 380: Introduction to Public Policy
  • GOVT 465: Environmental Politics
  • GOVT 495: Health Policy
  • PHIL 320: Ethics
  • PHIL 350: Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 360: Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 370: Advanced Studies in Bioethics
  • PHIL 380: Ethics of Technology
  • PHIL 430: Philosophy of Law
  • PSYC 245: Health Psychology
  • PSYC 250: Psychopathology

Courses - Biomedical Ethics

BIET 120: Applied Ethics: Introduction to Biomedical Ethics

The course will examine moral dilemmas created or intensified by recent advances in medical technology and study ways of analyzing those dilemmas to make them more tractable. We will focus on examples such as euthanasia and the right to die, abortion, behavior modification, allocation of scarce medical resources, in vitro fertilization, genetic screening and engineering, and human experimentation.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Philosophy 120
Prerequisite: Recommended for freshmen and sophomores

BIET 191: Directed Study in Biomedical Ethics

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

BIET 245: Health Psychology

This course explores the link between mind and body from various psychological perspectives such as social, clinical, and psychobiological. We will survey the role of stress, emotion, self-regulation, and individual differences as predictors of health and illness. We also will examine assessment, diagnostic, treatment, and ethical issues in psychophysiological disorders.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Psychology 245
Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or sophomore standing

BIET 290: The Economics of Medical Care

An analysis of how the economic organization of medical care affects the health and well-being of the population. Topics include who is treated, how much the treatment costs, and who pays the bill. Particular emphasis given to the roles of insurance and various national health policies and reform proposals.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Economics 290
Prerequisite: ECON 100

BIET 291: Health Policy: U.S. & U.K.

This course compares U.K. and U.S. health systems, markets, and public health policies. In particular, the course will analyze trade-offs made in each country among access to care, the cost of care and the quality of care as well as how resources are generated and allocated for each system.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Economics 291
Prerequisite: Only open to students attending the London Centre.

BIET 370: Advanced Studies in Bioethics

A seminar examining one particular issue or set of issues in bioethics.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Philosophy 370
Prerequisite: PHIL 120 or two courses in philosophy

BIET 380: Ethics of Technology

This course focuses on ethical issues that arise from the development of new technology. Specific topics may include artificial intelligence, information technologies, human enhancement, transhumanism, transgenesis, ectogenesis, nanoethics, and neuroethics.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Philosophy 380
Prerequisite: One course in philosophy, junior standing, or consent of the instructor

BIET 390: Tutorial Studies in Biomedical ethics

Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

BIET 391: Directed Study in Biomedical Ethics

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

BIET 399: Independent Study in Biomedical ethics

Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

BIET 590: Tutorial Studies in Biomedical ethics

Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

BIET 591: Directed Study in Biomedical Ethics

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

BIET 599: Independent Study in Biomedical ethics

Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

BIET 690: Tutorial Studies in Biomedical ethics

Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

BIET 691: Directed Study in Biomedical Ethics

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

BIET 699: Independent Study in Biomedical ethics

Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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