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NEAR E 328 A: Bioethics: Secular and Jewish Perspectives

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 1:50pm
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Joint Sections: 
JEW ST 339 A, B H 339 A, PHIL 301 C
Hadar Khazzam-Horovitz
Hadar Khazzam-Horovitz

Syllabus Description:

The Silent Crisis of Bioethics Illiteracy - Scientific American Blog Network


Bioethics: Secular & Jewish Perspectives.

The goals for this course:

  1. Understand the secular and Jewish-religious legal and ethical frameworks of contemporary medical and research practices;
  2. Identify, interpret and debate the ethical issues arising from various case studies in bioethics and apply different ethical approaches.  

The goal of this class is not to solve fundamental ethical dilemmas, but rather to help to critically grasp the increasing challenges of modern medical technologies for law and ethics.

In winter 2021, we will have virtual class space via Zoom conferencing. 

Assignment & Grading - The final grade will be 30% midterm exam, 45% final paper, 10% participation and 15% homework.

Complete copy of the syllabus: Course syllabus 2021.pdf

Catalog Description: 
Legal, ethical, scientific, and Jewish religious perspectives on contemporary medical and biomedical research practices. Legal and civil rights of women, people with disabilities, minors and minority or marginalized groups. Key differences between secular and Biblical/Rabbinic approaches in interpretation, analysis and application of bioethics, doctor-patient relationships; reproductive methods; abortion; euthanasia; and stem cell research. Offered: jointly with B H 339/JEW ST 339.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2020 - 2:10am