An Introduction to Bioethics

Course Type: Seminar
Study Focus: KBRSEG
Term: Spring

Teacher: KODAMA Satoshi

Course Code: JK12002

This course introduces students to bioethics as an interdisciplinary field of study that looks into ethical, legal, and social implications of life sciences and health care.



Is it okay to take pills to help you ace exams? Should you be able to choose the sex of your child? Is abortion murder?
These controversial questions will be explored in this bioethics course. Bioethics is an interdisciplinary field of study that looks into ethical, legal, and social implications of life sciences and health care. This course will help you understand key ethical issues surrounding crucial problems that profoundly impact your life from birth to death.

Topics include:

Reproductive technology such as surrogacy and sex-selection of the baby Abortion
Informed consent
Euthanasia
The use of medical technology for the purpose of enhancement

You will also learn about ethical arguments and regulations in Japan and other countries concerning life sciences and healthcare. The hope is, through this course, you will better understand and formulate your own opinions on these important issues.
This course is based on the idea of flip teaching: you need to watch the lecture video before attending the class and have a discussion with other students.


Course Information

Module: Focus 1 – Foundations
CATS Requirements: None.

Day/Period: Mon/2
Location: TBA
Credits: 2

To JDTS/MATS students: This is course can be taken as a reduced seminar (4 ECTS) only.


Course Goals

Students will learn:
Basic terms for bioethics
Basics of ethical arguments
How decisions are made on critical bioethics issues
Regulations and public policies related to bioethical issues in Japan and other countries

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

Evaluation is based on class attendance and active participation (70%) and small quiz tests that come with the video lectures (30%)..