SOCTL, POL & ETHCL ISS BIOTEC 1
This course teaches students the conceptual tools needed to identify, articulate and resolve practical, everyday, ethical dilemmas inherent in the diverse field of bioengineering. A learning environment where practical ethics can best be understood is fostered. This includes the use of case-based instruction, small group discussion and out of class practical ethics activities including a department- sponsored "field trip" to observe an FDA Panel Meeting in DC. Guest speakers discuss current cases and issues in bioethics. These speakers include: BIOENG post docs as well as faculty with experience in industry, academic research, applied ethics and the FDA. The capstone project requires students, working in groups, to author an ethics case study based on their research and analyze it using methods taught in the course.