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    Vassar College
  Oct 23, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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STS 360 - Issues in Bioethics

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
Topic for 2017/18b: Bodies into Other Bodies.  This course studies the medical, social, and cultural dimensions surrounding the ways in which our bodies, their meanings and realities, have been transformed through medical intervention. Advances in reproductive medicine and physician-assisted suicide, for example, have radically transformed how we view life and death and self and other. Preimplantation diagnosis has altered our definitions of what a human can be. Topics may include: blood, egg, and sperm donation, the definition of death, disability rights, regenerative medicine, and the body as property. Through a close reading of a variety of texts, including policy and theory, we will light on how bodies are transformed, dissected, and redefined. In the process, we understand the ethical frameworks surrounding the transformation of our bodies. Class discussion is built around texts from multiple genres, including bioethics, literature, and philosophy. Eric Trump.

One 2-hour period.

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