Syllabus: GBIO 2720: Bioethics
& the Human Experience
3 Semester Hours
MWF, 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Location: HSC 226
Dennis M. Sullivan, MD
HSC 229 – phone ext. 7573
Hours: 2-4 p.m. daily
An integrative survey of bioethics, emphasizing human personhood, human sexuality and reproduction, end-of-life issues, and biomedical decision making.
Course Objectives - Students will be able to:
- Analyze the key theological, philosophical, and scientific approaches to human personhood.
- Critique the basic principles of ethical theory from philosophical and historical perspectives.
- Evaluate key issues in current bioethical discourse from a Judeo-Christian perspective.
- Effectively integrate ethical theory, personhood concepts, and contemporary biomedical controversies into oral presentations.
- Develop written communication skills through investigative projects and case study analysis.
- The Holy Bible (version of your choice)
- Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics (2nd Ed.), by Steve Wilkins (IVP) 2011.
- Additional Reading: sources available on-line (see schedule).
- Required readings (Obj. #1, 2, 3)
- Lecture and Discussion (Obj. #1, 2, 3)
- Case Study Presentations (Obj. #4)
- Written term papers (Obj. # 5)
- 4 Mid-Term Exams (final not comprehensive)
- Short Reaction Papers (every two weeks, see schedule for topics)
- Team Case Study Presentation (once during the semester)
- Final Term Paper
- 3 reaction papers @5 points ......... 15
- 4 exams @10 points ..................... 40
- 1 team presentation @10 points .... 10
- 1 final term paper .......................... 35
(Total points = 100)
- Attendance in all classes is strongly recommended. Although we will not take attendance, the student is responsible for any content missed.
- Exam keys will be available in my office for one week after each
- Reading assignments should be completed immediately before the related
- This Web site contains many of the reading assignments
and resources required for this course(on-line threaded discussion,
Web links, writing guide, etc.). Some resources are on reserve at the front desk of the library.
- Please review our policies on exams, grading, disabilities, and academic honesty -- see Policies
on this Web site.