MR 340 - Contemporary Issues in Bioethics

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Module Level

8 (Undergraduate)

Time Allowance

Lectures 12 hours Tutorials 2 hours Assignment 10 hours Private study time 24 hours


Continuous assessment: 20 % End of semester examination: 80 %

Module Aims

To introduce students to the approach and content of the Catholic moral tradition in the area of  bioethics. 

Indicative Syllabus

The fundamental principles of bioethics

A Christian theological approach to issues in bioethics

Reproductive Technologies, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research and use

Donum Vitae,  Evangelium Vitae, Dignitas Personae


Learning Outcomes

  • Have a good knowledge of the central principles of bioethics
  • Be aware of the international debate on developments in medicine and biotechnologies
  • Have a clear understanding of the approach and conclusions of the Catholic moral tradition in the area of bioethics