WGSS 212 Spring 2013 Ethics and Reproductive Technologies (W)

Cross Listed as PHIL212
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.
Class Format: discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussions, four to five short reflection papers, and two longer papers ( 5-10 pages)
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Prerequisites: none, but introductory-level course in Philosophy and/or Women's, Sexuality and Gender Studies highly recommended
Enrollment Preference: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors
Department Notes: meets Contemporary Value Theory requirement only if registration is under PHIL
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: INST Global Health Studies Electives,PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses,PHLH Bioethics + Interpretations of Health
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3396
WGSS212-01(S) LEC Ethics&Reproductive Technology (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Julie A. Pedroni
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Schapiro Hall 241 3396
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