A list of current bioethics course offerings can be found on the Fall 2013 Bioethics Courses. For a complete list of bioethics courses and their descriptions, see below.
BIE 702: BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH ETHICS (3) A historical and conceptual survey of ethics and policy issues in biomedical research. Emphasis will be placed on research involving human subjects; translational research, including oversight of novel biotechnologies; and the ethical implications of research design and funding decisions. Topics will include the regulatory structure of research and proposals for reform; genomics and biospecimen research; and the relationship between medical research and medical treatment. Students will be required to take any 2 of the following 3 courses: Clinical Ethics, Biomedical Research Ethics, and Public Policy, Medicine, and Justice. King, Iltis
BIE 703: BIOETHICS THEORY (3) An investigation of the main theoretical approaches to contemporary bioethics and their philosophical foundations. The starting point will be the principles of beneficence, autonomy and justice first propounded in the Belmont Report. Criticisms of and alternatives to what has come to be called the “principlist approach to bioethics” will be critically reviewed. Iltis
BIE 704: PUBLIC POLICY, MEDICINE, AND JUSTICE (3) An examination of the organization of medicine and biomedical science in the United States today. The relationships between scientific and medical institutions and the implementation of public policies will be critically analyzed in light of the requirements of the principle of justice. Topics will include conflicts of interest, broadly understood, within and between institutional and professional actors; the regulation of medical practice; access to health care; and the balance between the public good and market forces. Students will be required to take any 2 of the following 3 courses: Clinical Ethics, Biomedical Research Ethics, and Public Policy, Medicine, and Justice. Moskop, King
BIE 705: CLINICAL ETHICS (3) This course will focus on “ethics at the bedside” and will make extensive use of case studies. The emphasis will be on patient-provider relationships, broadly understood, and on problems of communication, and on the social, cultural, and institutional contexts in which they arise. Clinical decision making in a wide range of contexts will be examined. Questions of organizational ethics will also be considered. Students will be required to take any 2 of the following 3 courses: Clinical Ethics, Biomedical Research Ethics, and Public Policy, Medicine, and Justice. Moskop
BIE 706/707: BIOETHICS SEMINAR (1-3) A seminar on bioethics topics of interest featuring WFU and invited external faculty, with additional student presentations. Participants will also engage presenters and scholarly literature on a variety of aspects of bioethics, including,but not limited to, the scholarly and professional practice of bioethics, the role of empirical scholarship in bioethics and related disciplines, the relationship of bioethics to advocacy and policy, and bioethics communication and mediation. King, Hall
BIE 791/792: THESIS RESEARCH (1-6) Research directed toward fulfilling the thesis requirement. May be undertaken at any time, but full-time students are encouraged to begin thesis planning in the spring and complete the thesis during the summer term or the fall semester following completion of all course work.
BIE 619 : CONCEPTS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE (2/3) Concepts of health, disease, and disability shape discussions in bioethics and health policy. This course examines and critically evaluates competing conceptions of health and disease. The implications of adopting different understandings of health and disease for bioethics and health policy will be explored. Iltis
BIE 670: COMMUNICATION ETHICS AND BIOETHICS: AN INTERFACE (3) This course explores: 1) how the phenomena of the call of conscience, acknowledgment, and our metaphysical desire for perfection inform the ontological status of communication ethics; 2) how communication ethics is a necessary concern for bioethics scholars, policymakers, researchers, and others intersted in assessing the ongoing debate over the benefits and burdens of biotechnology; and 3) how biotechnology affects our collective understanding of human dignity. Students will also be involved as role-players in a Wake Radio program where an actual case study in communication and bioethics is broadcast to the University community. Hyde.
BIE 701: HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF BIOETHICS (2/3) This elective explores the origins of bioethics thought, through examination of core concepts in philosophy, moral theory, social and cultural studies, and law and policy. Topics may include, for instance: the ancient Greeks, Confucius, and key religious teaching on health; the civil rights movement;the history of scientific medicine; and the legal conceptualization of medical practice. This course expands and extends students’ knowledge of the contemporary history of bioethics as incorporated in to various aspects of their required courses. Staff
BIE 708: RESEARCH METHODS (may be required for the thesis option) (2) An introduction to the methods, concepts and tools used in quantitative and qualitative empirical research in bioethics. Students will develop skills in the design, conduct, interpretation, and evaluation of bioethics research. Hall & Shumaker
BIE 709: ETHICS OF HEALTH COMMUNICATION (3) Topics may include the following: (1) Communication with patients, including truth-telling, confidentiality, and techniques for effective communication; (2) Communication within and between institutions, including portable advance directives, access to patient records, and the prevention of medical errors; and (3) Communication with the public, including issues arising from the presentation of bioethical issues in news media, film, and television. Hyde
BIE 710: GLOBAL BIOETHICS (2/3) A comparison of American bioethics with the views of other societies and cultures, including western and non-western perspectives and developed and developing world perspectives. Topics may include: individualism vs. the community, reproductive freedom, organ transplantation, definitions and views of death, access to medical advances, and the use of human subjects in medical research. Other issues include health disparities, justice in research, and the role of humanitarian aid in promotion of global health. Staff
BIE 711: CURRENT TOPICS IN CLINICAL AND BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH ETHICS (2/3) An in-depth critical examination of selected topics of current interest in clinical and research ethics. Topics will be identified by staff and students. Examples of pertinent topics include human pluripotent stem cell research; assisted reproduction; research without consent; the sale of human organs; pandemic and biodefense preparedness; synthetic body parts and transhumanism; genetic enhancement; regenerative medicine and biogerontology. May be repeated for credit. King
BIE 713: LAW, MEDICINE, AND ETHICS (2/3) An examination of the relationships between law and medicine, including the legal regulation of medical practice, concepts of medical malpractice, medical neglect, informed consent and legal competence, confidentiality and privacy, and definitions of death. The ethical implications of the intersection of law and medicine will be critically analyzed. Coughlin
BIE 715: BIOETHICS AND RELIGION (2/3) This course explores fundamental themes, methods, and issues in religious bioethics. It seeks to determine the ways that religious approaches offer distinctive, complementary, or overlapping perspectives with secular approaches. Specific topics will include assisted reproductive technologies, family planning and abortion, genetic therapy and enhancement, withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, suicide and euthanasia, and justice issues in the allocation of health care resources. The course will combine lectures and discussions with the analysis of cases. Staff
BIE 717: ETHICS, ECONOMICS, AND HEALTH POLICY (3) Examines ethical and justice aspects of social decision-making and market allocation mechanisms in the context of health care, health policy, and population health. Staff
BIE 721/722: RESEARCH/INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3) Students may work with a faculty member on a project of mutual interest. May be repeated for credit.
BIE 723: BIOETHICS AT THE MOVIES (2) A critical examination of the bioethical issues raised in selected full length feature films. The goal of this course is to increase students’ ability to think critically about complex issues, paying close attention to relevant details. Hardgrave
BIE 725: HEALTH CARE LAW AND POLICY (2/3) This course introduces students to the structure, financing and regulation of the health care system and proposals for its reform. Topics include Medicare, medical staff disputes, health care antitrust, HMO’s and insurance regulation. This course is cross-listed as Law 525. Hall
BIE 727 : PERFORMABLE CASE STUDIES IN BIOETHICS (2/3) Students will develop a bioethics case study and present it as a dramatic reading with audience discussion at semester’s end. From an initial prompt (e.g. subject matter, situation, incident) and associated readings, the work will be implemented in three phases of approximately equal length: 1) discussion and analysis of the prompt and readings; 2) student presentations of additional research, either individually or in teams, and concomitant discussion and analysis, from ethical, social, legal, and policy perspectives; and 3) script (case) development during in-class writing sessions. The overarching goal is to exploit the unique ability of dramatic art to engage complex, multifaceted issues in ways that are neither nebulous nor propagandistic, and to highlight the relationship between process, close analysis, art and scholarship in bioethics. Staff
BIE 729: BIOETHICS AS A PROFESSION (2) A critical examination of the scholarly literature both in and about bioethics. Topics may include the ethics of the profession of bioethics, controversies concerning the role of bioethics professionals, and the standards and evaluation of practitioners of bioethics. King
BIE 731: BIOETHICS AT WORK: THE IRB (1-3) This course provides students with the opportunity to experience and understand human research oversight by attending Institutional Review Board (IRB) meetings and reviewing and submitting comments on ethical issues arising in submitted protocols. Students assigned to a single IRB for a single semester will attend 3-4 monthly meetings, meet with faculty once per month to review draft comments, and meet with IRB senior staff to discuss submitted comments and other issues immediately before and/or after Board meetings. Students are also required to submit an end-of-semester report and observations, and attend a final class to compare and contrast experiences. Students may also be able to assist in the work of the Research Ethics Consultation Program, by arrangement. Prerequisite: BIE 702: Biomedical Research Ethics. Course requires permission of instructor. King, Iltis
BIE 733: BIOETHICS AT WORK: THE CLINICAL CONTEXT (1-3) This course provides students with the opportunity to experience and understand clinical ethics activities in the academic medical center setting, through attendance at Clinical Ethics Committee and Subcommittee meetings and other ethics-related events. Students will attend meetings of the WFUBMC Clinical Ethics Committee, the Consultation, Policy, and Organizational Ethics Subcommittees, and educational sessions organized by the Education Subcommittee. Monthly 2-hour meetings with faculty will explore the application of bioethics theory to cases, topics, and issues encountered in clinical settings. Students may also be able to attend ethics consultations by arrangement. Prerequisite: BIE 705: Clinical Ethics. Course requires permission of instructor. Moskop, Staff
BIE 737: BIOETHICS & GENETICS (3) An exploration of some of the ethical issues generated by the acquisition and application of knowledge about the human genome. Topics include eugenics, confidentiality, gene therapy, genetic testing of minors, genetic testing of adults, and ownership of genetic information. Staff.
BIE 739: NEUROETHICS (NEUROSCIENCES & ETHICS) (3) This course introduces students to basic philosophical and ethical issues in neuroethics. In this course, two branches of neuroethics are explore: the ethics of neuroscience and the neuroscience of ethics. The ethics of neuroscience investigates the ethical implications of the application of neurotechnology for individuals and society, and the neuroscience of ethics attempts to answer traditional ethical questions through neuroscience. In the first half of the course, issues related to the ethics of neuroscience such as brain privacy (mind reading), brain manipulation, and cognitive enhancement are studied, and in the second half, contemporary neuroscientific results bearing on ethical issues like personal identity, free will, and the nature of normative judgments are reviewed. This course is cross listed in the Divinity School. Jung
BIE 757: BIOTECHNOLOGY LAW AND POLICY (2/3) This course surveys a range of legal and public policy topics in biotechnology, such as: FDA regulation of drugs and devices, regulation of medical research, products liability, insurance coverage of pharmaceuticals, intellectual property, and genetics. This course is cross-listed as Law 657. Hall
BIE 790: BIOTECHNOLOGY AND ETHICS (3) With the convergence of medicine, nanotechnology, computer science, molecular biology, genetic engineering, and business, biotechnologies are emerging not only as an important provider of life-saving and life-enhancing treatments but also a fast-growing and very profitable industry. This course explores some of the major ethical issues related to the current and proposed uses of biotechnologies with particular attention to the reasons and arguments that are often used to support various views on the use of biotechnology. This course is cross-listed as THS 790 (Divinity School). Jung
BIE 794: BIO-ETHICS AND LAW (2/3) Students act as a court or administrative agency and write opinions addressing emerging legal and ethical issues created by society’s advancements in medicine and biotechnology, including genetic testing, biomedical experimentation, reproductive rights and end of life decisions. This course is cross-listed as Law 594. Coughlin & Hall