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Critical Bioethics (Module)

Module description

This module offers students a critical introduction to the theoretical frameworks used in contemporary bioethics. In the first part of the module (weeks 1-3) we will critically discuss how the discipline of bioethics developed historically, introduce students to key questions in metaethics, and examine work in bioethics that applies general moral theories to analyze bioethical problems (‘applied ethics’).
The core of the module (weeks 3-9) will engage students in a critical analysis of methods and approaches that have been specifically developed in the context of bioethics, such as principlism, casuistry, narrative approaches, and feminist approaches to addressing bioethical issues. The final session of the module (week 10) will examine issues around agenda-setting and the framing of problems in bioethics.


Staff information

Dr Silvia Camporesi

Teaching pattern

The course will run over 10 weeks for 3 hours weekly: 1.5 hours of lecture, and 1.5 hour of presentation and discussion of an illustrative case study where appropriate.

Module assessment - more information

  • Formative Essay: 1,500 words (0%)
  • Summative Essay: 3,000 words (50%)
  • 3 hour unseen examination (50%)

Key information

Module code 7SSHM616

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module Yes