Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 


INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR IN BIOETHICS
Administered by the Center for Ethics Education

The minor requires six courses, as described below:


A.  THEO/CEED 3856 Introduction to Bioethics (required introductory course)
B.  PSYC/SOCI 3245  Ethics in Research Across Disciplines (required capstone course)
C.  One (1) Humanities Course (from the list below)
D.  One(1) Social and Natural Science Course (from the list below)
E.  One (1) EP4/Values Course (from the list below)
F.  One (1) Elective Course (from the list of courses in block C or D)


A.  THEO/CEED 3856      Introduction to Bioethics
This course introduces students to contemporary bioethics topics through (a) an overview of different meta-ethical approaches to understanding moral status and personhood; (b) discussion and readings on how these approaches can be applied to unraveling the complex threads of contemporary bioethics arguments related to the treatment/care/use of individuals, animals and the environment; and (c) introduction to the legal and social contexts in which bioethics public policies are framed. In addition to engaging a substantial amount of theological and philosophical literature, students will also be exposed to multidisciplinary perspectives (in the form of both texts and guest speakers) from disciplines such as biology, psychology, sociology, feminism, and ecology.



B. 
PSYC/SOCI 3245        Ethics in Research Across Disciplines (Psychology/Sociology)  (EP3/ICC)

This course examines ethically responsible research practices across disciplines through an overview of the research process, moral and ethical foundations of research ethics practices and relevant decision-making strategies. The course includes an introduction to (a) foundational research ethics concepts relevant to all disciplines (i.e. identifying, citing, and reporting sources of authority, bias, and plagiarism), (b) specific to health research in the social and natural sciences (i.e. informed consent, informational risk, misuse of research findings); and (c) more common within the humanities traditions (i.e. avoiding bias in textual or life history research). Students will also explore how research standards of practice and research ethics challenges apply to a wide range of bioethics topics including: health and health policy at the beginning and end of life; disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes; generation and utilization of evidence-based medical and mental health practices; biological, behavioral and socio-cultural aspects of HIV/AIDS, substance use and other pandemics. In addition to written assignments, students will make a professional presentation at the Fordham Undergraduate Research Symposium on a bioethics topic relevant to their discipline or area of study. By the end of the course, students will be able to critically evaluate the ethics of research approaches and methods across disciplines designed to address contemporary issues in health science, practice and policy. 



C.  ONE (1)  HUMANITIES COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST:

Courses in this block provide theories, knowledge and methods from humanities-based disciplines that contribute to informed critical decision-making on issues related to individual, public and global health; personal and professional health care decision-making; and health policy.
PHIL 3117       
               Ethics at the Edge of Life: Living, Killing, and Consenting (Philosophy)
PHIL 3713       
               Human Rights and Global Justice (Philosophy)
PHIL 4001                       Politics and Biopower (Philosophy)
THEO 3863                     Health Care Provider Vocation (Theology/Sociology)
THEO 4010       
             Death and Dying (Theology)
THEO 4035        
            Professional Responsibilities (Theology)     
THEO 3676        
            Death as a Moral Question (Theology)
THEO 4520                     Animals, Angels, and Aliens (Theology)
HIST  3330                      Diagnosing Empire: Science and Medicine in the Colonial World (History)
ENGL 4137/HIST 4625  Hysteria, Sexuality and the Unconscious

D.  ONE (1) SOCIAL AND NATURAL SCIENCE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST:

Courses in this block provide students with theory, knowledge and methods from the social and natural sciences needed to inform critical thinking on bioethics controversies and questions related to national and global health policy, mental health, human development, politics and bioscience and technology.

PSYC 3100                  
Health Psychology (Psychology)
PSYC 3610       
           Global Health and Psychology (Psychology)
PSYC 4310       
           Aging & Society    (Psychology)
POSC 3131       
           Politics, Urban Health and the Environment (Political Science)
SOCI 3021                    Sociology of Medicine (Sociology)
SOCI 3114       
            Sociology of Health and Illness (Sociology)
SOCI 3030       
            HIV/AIDS in Africa (Sociology)
SOCI 3260       
            Politics of Reproduction (Sociology)
SOCI 3240                    Health Care Provider Vocation (Theology/Sociology)
ANTH 3114       
           Anthropology of Health and Healing (Anthropology)
ANTH 2619                   Magic, Science and Religion (Globalism)
ANTH 3570                   Applied Human Rights
BISC 1000                    Life on Planet Earth (Biological Science) 3
BISC 1001       
            Human Biology (Biological Science) 3
BISC 1002       
            Ecology:  A Human Approach (Biological Science) 3
BISC 1006       
            Mind, Brain, and Behavior (Biological Science) 3
BISC 1010       
            Foundations of Biology (Biological Science)  3
NSCI 1030                    Human Function and Dysfunction (Natural Science) 3

E.  ONE (1) VALUES COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST:
Courses in this block deepen student understanding and consideration of complex bioethics concepts and issues through examination of critical underlying ethical and moral frameworks.

THEO 4030       
          Moral Aspects of Medicine (Theology)
PHIL 3116                    Moral Responsibility in Community (Philosophy) 
PHIL 3970       
            Humanity’s Value (Philosophy)
 
PHIL 4418                    Issues of Life and Death (Philosophy)
PSYC 4900       
          Psychology and Human Values (Psychology)
PSYC 4930                  Codes for Mental Health Services (Psychology)



F.  ONE (1) ELECTIVE COURSE

For the elective, students select one (1) additional course from those listed in blocks C or D. 3




2    Students are expected to have completed the core course PHIL 3000 Philosophical Ethics by the end of their junior year.
3   Students who have not completed a Biological Sciences (BISC) or biologically based Natural Sciences (NSCI) course as part of the core curriculum or otherwise will be required to take one of the following natural science or biological science course offerings to fulfill either Block D or Block F: NSCI 1030, BISC 1000, 1001, 1002, 1006, 1010.

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