SOC 476 - Sociology of Bioethics
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
One introductory course in sociology.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Today, bioethics is an integral part of medicine and life sciences in the U.S. Ethics committees are mandatory in American hospitals, and all federally funded research involving human beings or animals must be reviewed by a board constituted to protect research subjects. Bioethics courses are part of the curriculum at universities and medical schools, and bioethics discussions regularly make their way into popular news media and culture. The Sociology of Bioethics explores a sociological approach to understanding bioethics. It is not a course in bioethics itself, that is, debating the merits of a position (e.g., “Is assisted suicide ethical?” “Is prenatal gene editing ethical?”). In this course, we will use sociological inquiry to explore the development of the bioethics profession, the movement of questions from medicine, law, and religion to bioethics, and how bioethical issues are reflected in policy.


SOC 476 - Sociology of Bioethics
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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