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Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project

Taught by Drs. Robert Berman (Philosophy) and Todd Stanislav (Biology)

The question of the good life has guided ethical inquiry since its inception. However we answer this central ethical question, it has become nearly axiomatic that science and technology should serve as the privileged means to the realization of this good. The current promise of the Human Genome Project is the most recent expression of this modern project of exploiting the power of knowledge and know-how to achieve our ultimate end. In this course, we will explore core ethical, legal, and social issues and concerns that arise as a result of this new knowledge and technology - knowledge and technology that are products primarily of the Human Genome Project. In order to accomplish these goals, we will also examine the basic science of genetics.

  • Pre-requisites: 3 semester hours in philosophy; if you're a sophomore, you'll also need a signed ''3000-level course waiver'' form
  • Fulfills: Either your upper level (i.e., second) Philosophy course requirement OR a Biology elective course requirement
  • For more information: Dr. Berman (Philosophy Department, 5th floor library) or Dr. Stanislav (Library 534)

Course begins: Spring 2003

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