Topic: Bioethics: Secular and Jewish Perspectives. Note: This is a new class.
Class time on Wednesdays will only be from 11:30 – 12:20 and Fridays 11:30 - 1:20.
What the world's earliest religion teach us about contemporary bioethical dilemmas? Religion plays an important role in shaping and directing bioethics perspectives. When patients and health-professionals are faced with life and death issues, such as abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research, their religious views may have crucial bearing on their decision making and behaviors. This course will explore legal, ethical and Jewish-religious perspectives on contemporary biomedical practices. It will focus on key differences between secular and Jewish approaches in interpretation and application of bioethics in various topics including doctor-patient relations; reproductive methods; abortion; euthanasia; organ transplantation; cloning; and stem cell research. In reviewing ethical frameworks, the students will examine and discuss relevant Jewish laws, rabbinic literature, contemporary scholarship, and U.S. and Israeli laws that address issues in bioethics. Offered jointly with JSIS 489; BH 497 & BH 597.
TEXT: No Text Required. Coursepak will be available for purchase.