DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000497

Bioethics

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Agnė Širinskienė (agne.sirinskiene@gmail.com)

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Agnė Širinskienė

Institute of Public Law


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Not applicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

1 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

34

128


8.

Purpose of the course unit

Bioethics is the systematic study of the moral dimensions – including moral vision, decisions, conduct, and policies – of the life sciences and health care, employing a variety of ethical methodologies in an interdisciplinary setting. The course is specifically designed to address the needs and interests of international students, in particular, those engaged in the study of ethics and human rights protection in the application of life sciences. The students will become acquainted with the issues of special concern in the field of bioethics with the particular focus on the implementation of Oviedo convention.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

A student will know/will be able to: --understand the general features of current bioethical discussion;

analysis of scientific literature and materials of lectures; brainstorming and discussions; case studies.

assessment of student’s participation during seminars; assessment of an essay and an exam

-- identify the key values of medical decision-making;

analysis of scientific literature and materials of lectures;

assessment of student’s participation during seminars; assessment of an essay and an exam

-- conceptualize the nature of a doctor-patient relationship, and understand the moral principles it involves;

analysis of scientific literature and materials of lectures;

assessment of student’s participation during seminars; assessment of an essay and an exam

-- identify the moral questions that arise in medical practice and the health issues;

analysis of scientific literature and materials of lectures;

assessment of student’s participation during seminars; assessment of an essay and an exam


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

Introduction to course. Anthropology.

2

2

4

10

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures, case studies

Assessment

1

2

3

10

The moral issue of euthanasia and of assisted suicide. The traditional distinction between “ordinary” and “extraordinary” treatments. Special cases: health care for handicapped newborns. Providing nutrition and hydration for persons permanently

2

2

4

8

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures, case studies

Organ transplantation.

2

2

4

20

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures, review of video material

Reconstructing and modifying the function of the human body. Sexual re-assignment (sex change).

1

2

3

20

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures, review of video material

Experimentation on human subjects (clinical trials). Therapeutic and non-therapeutic experiments.

2

2

4

20

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures, review of video material

The beginning of human life. The moral issue of abortion. Contraception and natural family planning.

2

2

4

10

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures, case studies

Genetic engineering. Gene therapy.

2

2

4

10

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures, review of video materials and case study

Human cloning. Stem cells research.

2

2

4

20

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures, case studies

Overall

16

16

2

34

 

128

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria