21A.302[J] Dilemmas in Biomedical Ethics: Playing God or Doing Good?


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An introduction to the cross-cultural study of biomedical ethics. Examines moral foundations of the science and practice of western biomedicine through case studies of abortion, contraception, cloning, organ transplantation and other issues. Evaluates challenges that new medical technologies pose to the practice and availability of medical services around the globe, and to cross-cultural ideas of kinship and personhood. Discusses critiques of the biomedical tradition from anthropological, feminist, legal, religious, and cross-cultural theorists.

This class has no prerequisites.

21A.302[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by E. C. James.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S.

In the Fall 2013 Subject Evaluations, 21A.302[J] was rated 5.9 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the MIT Anthropology: Undergraduate Subjects site.

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