Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Bioethics

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION Pre-requisite:

Basic Studies in Theology , preferably Principles of Moral Theology


The objectives of this study unit are: a) to discuss the importance of dialogue between medical science, reason and faith; b) to evaluate the ambivalence inherent in today's development of healthcare facilities and biotechnology; and c) to assess critically the specific contribution of the church's moral insights in some of the leading thorny issues in healthcare and biotechnology.
This unit will focus on the contribution of theology to bioethics, the meaning of health and disease, the value and significance of human life, the moral status of the human embryo, the sanctity-of-life vs quality-of-life debate, reproductive technologies, prenatal and pre-implantation diagnosis, abortion, sterilization, death and dying, dilemmas in neonatal intensive care unit, organ transplantation, genetic engineering, medical research, reproductive and therapeutic cloning.

Reading List:

- FORD Norman, The Prenatal Person. Ethics from Conception to birth, Oxford 2002.
- BASTERRA F. J. ELIZARI, Bioethics, St Paul/MN 1991
- ASHLEY B. - O'ROURKE K., Health Care Ethics: a Theological Analysis, Georgetown 1997.
- BEAUCHAMP T. - CHILDRESS J., Principles of biomedical ethics, Oxford 2001.
- JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae, Vatican City 1993
- SHANNON TH., Bioethics, 1993
- O'ROURKE K. - BOYLE PH., Medical ethics. Sources of catholic teachings, St Louis 1989.
- CHADWICK R., The concise encyclopedia of the new technologies, 2001.
- WARREN TH. R., Encyclopedia of bioethics, London 1995.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Carlo Calleja

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