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HCE 552 Theological Issues in Bioethics (3 credits)

This course will introduce the student to the basic theological concepts, frameworks, and analyses that have been used by both Catholic and Protestant theologians in their discussions of bioethics. After reviewing the various relationship between religion and medicine and the role that the theological reflection can play in bioethics, several topics will be discussed and analyzed in depth. Topics such as assisted reproduction technologies, abortion, genetic control, care of severely handicapped neonates, death and dying, and the meaning and application of "quality of life" to contemporary issues will be discussed in both lecture and seminar formats.