Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Ethics, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 PHIL pts, inlcuding 20 from PHIL 200-399; or 40 pts from 200-300 level courses from the BSc schedule;

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will introduce students to some central questions in bioethics. Topics covered may include the ethical issues associated with assisted reproduction, severely diasbled newborns, euthanasia, informed consent, human cloning, stem cell therapy, radical life extension, and intellectual enhancement. euthanasia, and informed consent. 60% internal assessment, 40% examination.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass the course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of bioethical ideas
    2. critically evaluate a variety of bioethical arguments
    3. analyse or elucidate complex bioethical ideas and concepts.

    In-Class test- 30%
    3000 word essay- 30%
    Final Exam- 40%

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