Bi0952 Bioethics - seminar

Faculty of Science
Spring 2025
Extent and Intensity
0/2/1. 3 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
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 || Bi0951 Basic Bioethics for Biologists || LF:CORE015 Bioethics I: Ethics of Life || LF:CORE021 Bioethics II: Borderline Opts || LF:BLET051p Health Care Ethics
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course is aimed at a development of a basic theoretical knowledge regarding bioethical issues. During this course, students should prepare their presentations of interesting cases including analyses of ethical argumentation; these cases should be discussed on site in the respective study group. An online discussion is also a mandatory part of this course: in this discussion, students should analyzed model cases presented by teachers.
Learning outcomes
The student will be able to identify ethical dilemmas in model case studies.
  • 1. ANIMAL RESEARCH (choice of appropriate model object, 3R principle) - 2. RESEARCH ON HUMAN SUBJECTS (therapeutic and non-therapeutic research, clinical drug trials, observational and behavioural studies, participation of vulnerable groups) - 3. TRANSPLANTATION MEDICINE (resources of tissues and organs for transplantation, principle of presumed consent/dissent, principles of allocation) - 4. BIOBANKING (access to biological material for research purposes, issues of informed consent, banks of biological material and DNA samples) - 5. CELLULAR TECHNOLOGIES (embryo research, chimera creation, stem cells, cloning and the concept of reproductive freedom) 6. ASSISTED REPRODUCTION (availability of assisted reproduction methods, gamete donation, surrogacy, age and social limits) - 7. GENETIC DIAGNOSIS BEFORE BIRTH (pre-implantation diagnostics, prenatal diagnostics, issues of abortion for genetic indications vs. 8. POSTNATAL GENETIC DIAGNOSTICS (genetic screening, presymptomatic testing, testing for genetic predispositions to diseases) - 9. GENETIC TESTING FOR NON-MEDICAL PURPOSES (forensic genetics, paternity testing, "recreational" genetics) - 10. GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (transgenesis for research and commercial purposes, GM foods and products) - 11. EUGENICS AND HUMAN ENHANCEMENT (eugenics and dysgenics, gene therapy vs. gene enhancement, non-genetic human enhancement) - 12. ETHICS IN SCIENCE (authorship and intellectual property, publication of results, expert activity)
    recommended literature
  • MURPHY, Timothy F. Case studies in biomedical research ethics. 1st ed. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004, xvii, 340. ISBN 0262134373. info
  • PENCE, Gregory E. Classic cases in medical ethics : accounts of cases that have shaped medical ethics, with philosophical, legal, and historical backgrounds. 4th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2004, xviii, 470. ISBN 0072829354. info
Teaching methods
This course should be realized in two forms: 1) discussion seminars (2 h per week), in which students will prepare their own presentations of case studies on individual topics (the schedule will be specified at the beginning of the semester; 2) online subject discussion (1 h per week), where students will discuss case studies presented by the teacher.
Assessment methods
A prerequisite for successful completion of the course is the active participation of students in the discussion seminars and in the online course discussion. The course ends with a colloquium.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: online předmětová diskuse.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Výuka seminární skupiny bude realizována pouze v případě, že se do skupiny zapíše 9 až 12 studentů
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, spring 2012 - acreditation, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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