Bi0951 The Basics of Bioethics for Biologists

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
RNDr. Petr Chlapek, DiS., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
RNDr. Petr Chlapek, DiS., Ph.D.
Department of Experimental Biology – Biology Section – Faculty of Science
Contact Person: RNDr. Petr Chlapek, DiS., Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Experimental Biology – Biology Section – Faculty of Science
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! Bi9950 Introduction to bioethics
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to provide a general introduction to bioethics and to highlight the ethical aspects of biomedicine, including some related clinical applications.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student will be able: - to identify and analyze ethical aspects of health care and in individual areas of biomedicine - to apply ethical principles to a given situation − provide a basic overview of relevant ethical codes and standards
  • 1) Bioethics (history, methodological approaches)
  • 2) Relationships in health care (doctor-patient relationship, patient rights, health care financing)
  • 3) Animal experimentation and research on human subject (3R principle, standards for the work with laboratory animals, therapeutic and non-therapeutic research, clinical drug trials, recruitment of research participants)
  • 4) Use of human biological material (transplantation, use for research, principle of presumed consent/dissent, sample identifiability, biobanking)
  • 5) Reproductive medicine (principles and methods of assisted reproduction, availability of assisted reproductive methods, gamete donation, surrogacy, age and social limits)
  • 6) Genetic testing (ethical aspects of prenatal and preimplantation diagnosis, genetic screening, predictive and presymptomatic testing, recreational genetics)
  • 7) Biotechnology and bioethics (stem cells, chimera creation, cloning, genome editing)
  • 8) Human Enhancement (eugenics and dysgenics, gene therapy vs. gene enhancement, non-genetic human enhancement, doping, human-technology coupling)
  • 9) Ethics in the care of the terminally ill and dying (categorization of quality of life, termination of treatment, pain issues, Euthanasia, assisted suicide)
  • 10) Ethics of scientific work (authorship, publication of results, expert activity)
  • 11) Regulation of biomedical research (patent protection, international and national regulation of research, ethical commissions and advisory boards)
    recommended literature
  • VEATCH, Robert M., Amy Marie HADDAD and Dan C. ENGLISH. Case studies in biomedical ethics : decision-making, principles, and cases. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010, xxiv, 456. ISBN 9780195309720. info
  • JONSEN, Albert R., Mark SIEGLER and William J. WINSLADE. Clinical ethics : a practical approach to ethical decisions in clinical medicine. 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2010, vi, 228. ISBN 9780071634144. info
  • Ethical issues in modern medicine : contemporary readings in bioethics. Edited by Bonnie Steinbock - John D. Arras - Alex John London. 7th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2009, xxii, 914. ISBN 9780073407357. info
  • Medical ethics today : the BMA'shandbook of ethics and law. Edited by Veronica English - Romano Romano-Critchley. 2nd ed. London: BMJ Publishing, 2008, xxv, 822. ISBN 9780727917447. info
  • The Oxford handbook of bioethics. Edited by Bonnie Steinbock. 1st pub. in pbk. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, xviii, 747. ISBN 9780199562411. info
  • GLANNON, Walter. Biomedical ethics. 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, x, 176. ISBN 0195144317. info
  • SHAPIRO, Michael H. Cases, materials and problems on bioethics and law. 2nd ed. St. Paul: Thomson, 2003, liii, 1495. ISBN 0314066004. info
  • Contemporary issues in bioethics. Edited by Tom L. Beauchamp - LeRoy Walters. 6th ed. Belmont: Thomson learning, 2003, x, 800 s. ISBN 0-534-58441-1. info
  • Bioethics for scientists. Edited by J. A. Bryant. 1st ed. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2002, xi, 360. ISBN 0471495328. info
Teaching methods
This course should be realized as lectures on the topic.
Assessment methods
written test and oral exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Spring 2012, spring 2012 - acreditation, autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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