OVc008 Contemporary Philosophy and Bioethics

Faculty of Education
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/0/1.3. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. PhDr. Petr Jemelka, Dr. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Petr Jemelka, Dr.
Department of Civics - Faculty of Education
Supplier department: Department of Civics - Faculty of Education
Fri 22. 3. 14:00–18:50 učebna 41, Fri 12. 4. 14:00–18:50 učebna 41, Fri 10. 5. 8:00–12:50 učebna 41
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Main objectives of this course - to understand the basic themes of bioethics.
Learning outcomes
Didactical project.
  • Relation to nature as a philosophical problem.
  • Three pillars of bioethics.
  • Life as the central category of bioethics.
  • Science, research, lifestyle and rights of living organisms (genetic engineering).
  • Environmental ethics, the problem of anthropocentrism.
  • Typology of environment-related ideologies.
  • Welfare of animals.
  • Human life as a specific value.
  • Beginnings of human life (ethical aspects of human reproduction).
  • Health and Disease, Medical and Nursing Ethics.
  • Ethical reflection of dying and death.
  • Use of bioethics in the teaching of Civics.
  • Citizen and health care.
    required literature
  • JEMELKA, Petr. Bioetika (Bioethics). 1. vyd. Brno: MU Brno, 2008. 68 pp. PdF MU. ISBN 978-80-210-4626-9. info
  • JEMELKA, Petr. Úvod do environmentální problematiky (Introduction to the environmental problems). 1. vyd. Trnava: UCM Trnava, 2008. 95 pp. FF UCM. ISBN 978-80-8105-049-7. info
  • JEMELKA, Petr. Racionalita a ekologická krize (Racionality and Ecological Crisis). 1. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 1999. 110. ISBN 80-210-2022-9. info
    recommended literature
  • JEMELKA, Petr and Martin GLUCHMAN. Anthropomorphism as a methodological problem of animal ethics (in the memory of Sir Patrick Bateson). Ethics and Bioethics (in Central Europe), Berlin: De Gruyter Open, 2017, vol. 7, 3-4, p. 169-176. ISSN 1338-5615. doi:10.1515/ebce-2017-0016. info
  • JEMELKA, Petr. Bioethics and environmetal Ethics as part of the training of future Civic and social sciences basic teachers. In Řehulka, E. (ed.), SCHOOL and HEALTH 21 Health Education: Contexts and Inspiration. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova Univerzita, 2010. p. 311-316, 6 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-5259-8. info
  • JEMELKA, Petr and Slavomír LESŇÁK. Environmentálna etika (Environmnetal ethics). 1. vyd. Prešov: PU Prešov, 2008. 92 pp. FF PU Prešov. ISBN 978-80-8068-806-6. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Exam - project presentation.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 15 hodin.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2018, Spring 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2019, recent)
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