Checking date: 14/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering (Plan: 419 - Estudio: 257)

Coordinating teacher: LEMA AÑON, CARLOS

Department assigned to the subject: International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Within this course, students will be provided with a foundation in understanding and solving problems related to bioethics. In this course, each student will: - acquire legal and ethical criteria to face social issues of life sciences and medicine in a multidisciplinary way. - be acquainted with bioethical aspects of professional and societal activities. - develop their abilities think and to argue from an ethical point of view. - develop their critical sense on bioethical issues - know the basic contents of academic bioethical developments - raise awareness of minorities and vulnerable groups in the field of bioethics.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Lesson 1: Ethics, morality, and law. Public and private reasons. Lesson 2: Justification in ethics. Metaethics and normative ethics. Lesson 3. The foundations of Bioethics. The origins of Bioethics. Basic principles on bioethics. Bioethics, Rule of Law and Democracy. Lesson 4. Medical ethics. Informed consent. Organ transplantation. Clinical essays. Lesson 5. Birth and death. The beginning of life: assisted reproduction, abortions. End of life: on dying. Lesson 6. Bioethics and Vulnerable Groups. Bioethics and gender: feminist bioethics. Bioethics and Children. Bioethics and the elder. Bioethics and disability. Lesson 7. Bioethics and genetics. Genetic information. Genetic interventions on human beings.
Learning activities and methodology
LECTURES: It is imperative that the student reads the recommended chapters or articles before the class. These will be provided in advance. 1) Lectures: During the lectures, the proposed topic will be presented, always encouraging discussion. 2) Discussion Sessions: When the topic allows it, groups of 3-5 will be formed for discussion sessions to solve particular problems related to the current topic with the main idea of understanding them and developing different strategies to solve it, underlining the fact that there are almost always different approaches to the same problem. 3) Oral Presentations: At least once during the course, each student will have the chance to do a short oral presentation on a topic related to the course. These oral presentations will be prepared either individually or in groups. HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned frequently throughout the course and will count for the assessment.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Campbell, A. V.. Bioethics: The Basics . Routledge. 2017
  • Dworkin, Ronald. Life's Dominion: An Argument about Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom. Knopf. 1993
  • Kuhse, Helga, Udo Schu¿klenk, and Peter Singer. Bioethics : An Anthology. Blackwell . 2016
  • Pierce, J., Randels, G.. Contemporary Bioethics: A Reader with Cases. Oxford University Pres. 2010
  • Rachels, J.. The elemens of moral philosophy. McGraw Hill. 2018
  • Singer, P.. Practical Ethics. Cambridge University Press. 2011
  • Vallero, D. A.. Biomedical Ethics for Engineers Ethics and Decision Making in Biomedical and Biosystem Engineering. Elsevier/Academic Press. 2007
  • Vaughn, L.. Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases. 2019. Oxford University Press
  • Veatch, R., Guidry-Grimes, L. K.. The Basics of Bioethics . Routledge. 2019

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.