BETH 271 – Bioethics: Dilemmas
We have the genetic technology to change nature and human nature, but should we? We have the medical technology to extend almost any human life, but is this always good? Should we clone humans? Should we allow doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill? This course invites students from all academic disciplines and fields to examine current and future issues in bioethics--e.g., theory and methods in bioethics; death and dying; organ transplantation; genetics; aging and dementia; fertility and reproduction; distributive justice in health care access. The course will include guest lecturers from nationally-known Bioethics faculty.

BETH 360 - Science and Society
This course examines the complex ethical and other value relationships that exist between science and society. Students will be encouraged to question the simplistic view that science proceeds independently of societal values and contentious ethical commitments. A range of other social factors, such as ethical belief systems, political forces, and large-scale financial interests, all influence new scientific and technological developments. In order to illuminate each of these larger themes, this course focuses on three exciting areas of scientific inquiry: stem cell research; synthetic biology: nanotechnology. Each of these contentious scientific fields provides an excellent view into the challenging ethical, cultural, social, political, and economic issues that will face students, both as scholars and as citizens. No prior technical knowledge is necessary for any of these scientific areas. All relevant scientific information will be provided during the course.

BETH 371 - Advanced Bioethics
This course offers upper-level instruction on many key bioethical issues introduced in BETH/PHIL 271. The class follows a discussion-intensive seminar format. Students begin with an in-depth analysis of ethical issues surrounding the conduct of clinical trials, both within the U.S. and through U.S.-sponsored research abroad. Next, students examine the philosophical and practical challenges involved in medical decision making for adults and pediatric patients. The course concludes by addressing the broader ethical problem of what duties we owe to future generations in terms of our reproductive choices and the allocation of health-related public expenditures. Each of these general topic areas--clinical trials, medical decision making, and future generations--is of crucial importance for all students, whether one plans to enter a career in biomedical research, the health care professions, or some other area. Everyone is a potential patient or the family member of a potential patient. The topics coveed in Advanced Bioethics will help prepare sutdents to become responsible participants in an increasingly complex biomedical world.

Spring Break intensive courses:
French Perspective on Controversies at the Beginning and End of Life (Paris, France) (BETH315D/415D)
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Ethical Issues in Public Health and Genetics (Buenos Aires, Argentina) (BETH315/415)
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Public Health Ethics: Focus on the Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) (BETH315B/415B)
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European Perspectives on Bioethics (Salamanca, Spain)(BETH315E/415E)
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Death, Dying & Euthanasia: Netherlands & the USA (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) (BETH315/415) Students will register for Spring 2.
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Winter Break Course:
Health and Health Care: A Comparative Perspective: Costa Rica and the United States (BETH315C/415C)
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Integrated Graduate Studies (IGS) Program
Qualified CWRU undergraduates may be admitted to our MA program to complete a Master’s degree in Bioethics during their senior year.  For more information about the CWRU IGS Program, go to: