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Syllabus: GBIO 2720: Bioethics & the Human Experience
3 Semester Hours
Spring 2015

MWF, 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Location: HSC 226

Course Instructor:

Dennis M. Sullivan, MD
HSC 229 – phone ext. 7573
Hours: 2-4 p.m. daily
E-mail: sullivan@cedarville.edu

Course Description:

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:

  1. Analyze the key theological, philosophical, and scientific approaches to human personhood.
  2. Critique the basic principles of ethical theory from philosophical and historical perspectives.
  3. Evaluate key issues in current bioethical discourse from a Judeo-Christian perspective.
  4. Effectively integrate ethical theory, personhood concepts, and contemporary biomedical controversies into oral presentations.
  5. Develop written communication skills through investigative projects and case study analysis.

Required Textbooks:

  • 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).

Course Content:

  • 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

Grading Breakdown:

  • 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 exam.
  • Reading assignments should be completed immediately before the related classroom lecture.
  • 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.

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