PHIL 212
Ethics and Reproductive Technologies Spring 2010
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed WGST 212
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In her groundbreaking book, The Tentative Pregnancy, Barbara Katz Rothman writes that “[t]he technological revolution in reproduction is forcing us to confront the very meaning of motherhood, to examine the nature and origins of the mother-child bond, and to replace–or to let us think we can replace–chance with choice.” Taking this as our starting point, in this course we will examine a number of conceptual and ethical issues in the use and development of technologies related to human reproduction, drawing out their implications for such core concepts as “motherhood” and “parenthood,” family and genetic relatedness, exploitation and commodification, and reproductive rights and society’s interests in reproductive activities. Topics will range from consideration of “mundane” technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), prenatal genetic screening and testing, and surrogacy, to the more extraordinary, including pre-implantation diagnosis (PID), post-menopausal reproduction, post-mortem gamete procurement, reproductive cloning and embryo splitting, and in utero medical interventions. Background readings include sources rooted in traditional modes of bioethical analysis as well as those incorporating feminist approaches.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3020
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussions, four to five short reflection papers, and two longer papers ( 5-10 pages)
Prerequisites: none, but introductory-level course in Philosophy and/or Women's and Gender Studies highly recommended
Enrollment Preferences: Women's and Gender Studies majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PHIL 212 Division II WGST 212 Division II
Attributes: INST Global Health Studies Electives
PHLH Bioethics + Interpretations of Health

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