Postgraduate Course: Biotechnology, Bioethics and Society (LAWS11371)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course considers the ethics of biotechnology and the life sciences. It begins by giving the student an ethics toolbox with which to approach, analyse and assess current bioethical controversies and discourses. It then addresses specific topics to further explore ethical issues arising from biotechnology and its uses, as well as an exercise to explore crucial ethical concepts and arguments. Finally, in an age of moral pluralism, it can be difficult for stakeholders to secure social consensus on how new biotechnologies should be controlled and exploited. As a result, the regulation of biotechnology has often been a site of sharp disagreement. This module will also examine how the bioethical discussion feeds into the regulatory and governance considerations of biotechnology.
Session 1- Biotechnology and critical bioethics: a toolbox for ethical and normative analysis and discussion.
Session 2- Assisted reproductive technologies: reproductive freedoms and procreative imperatives
Session 3: The embryo in research: stem cell technologies and gene editing.
Session 4: Neuroethics: interventions in the brain, peripheral nervous system and brain-machine interfaces
Session 5: Genomics : smart pharmacology and customised therapeutics and non-medical use of genomics
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One essay of up to 4,000 words (60%); one piece of assessed work (20%); contribution to class discussions (20%).
||Students can expect to receive timely feedback on their assessments
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Appreciate the range of competing considerations and interests at play in the ethics and regulation of biotechnology and the life sciences;
- Formulate well-reasoned and coherent arguments relating to biotechnology and bioethics;
- Show a solid understanding of current bioethical debates, concepts and arguments relating to bioethics, as well as their normative and regulatory implications where applicable
|Readings will be provided on a weekly basis|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Ms Emily Postan
|Course secretary||Mr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010