WGST 228
Feminist Bioethics
Last Offered Fall 2006
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed WGST 228 / PHIL 228
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

In this course we will explore the ways in which feminist approaches to moral thinking have influenced both the methodology and the content of contemporary bioethics. The first portion of the course will address the emergence of the “Ethics of Care,” critically assessing its origins in feminist theory, its development within the context of the caring professions, and its potential as a general approach to bioethical reasoning. The second portion of the course will use feminist philosophy to inform our understanding of the ways in which gender structures the individual’s interactions with the health care system. To do this, we will explore topics that might traditionally be considered “women’s issues” in health care, such as medicine and body image (e.g., cosmetic surgery, eating disorders), reproductive and genetic technologies, and research on women and their health care needs. In addition we will also look at feminist analyses of topics that traditionally haven’t been identified as particularly gender specific, such as resource allocation and end of life issues.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 8-10
Class#: 1036
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussions, two mid-length papers (7-10 pages each), and weekly short writing assignments (approximately 2 pages each)
Prerequisites: none, although previous coursework in Women's and Gender Studies is desirable
Enrollment Preferences: Women's and Gender Studies and Philosophy majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGST 228 Division II PHIL 228 Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
INST Global Health Studies Electives
PHLH Bioethics + Interpretations of Health

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