PHIL 3780

Course Name: 
Reproductive Ethics
Units: 
3

The focus of the course will be the exploration of various moral, legal and policy issues posed by efforts to curtail or enhance fertility through contraception, abortion, and recent advances in reproductive technology.  Topics for discussion include:
Recent work on abortion; assisted reproductive technologies (including the right to reproduce and its limits, in vitro fertilization, contract pregnancy, gamete donation, and cloning); the ethics of outsourcing surrogate parenting to developing countries; the concept of reproductive responsibility; harming future persons and Parfit’s “non-identity problem;” a critical examination of the concepts of coercion, exploitation, and commodification as deployed in debates over new reproductive technologies; and the disabilities rights critique of genetic screening and selective abortion. This course is open to all undergrads, second year or higher, who have taken at least one prior course in ethics or political philosophy from any department (this includes RELG 2650). Instructor permission required.
This course fulfills the second writing requirement.

Instructor: 
varies
Special NOTE: 
At least one prior course in ethics or political philosophy from any department (including RELG 2650)