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THE 565/HCE 552 Theological Issues in Bioethics [course offered by SJU’s Institute of Catholic Bioethics]

This course introduces students to the basic theological concepts, models, and analyses that both Catholic and certain Protestant traditions use in discussing bioethical questions. The various relations between faith in God and medical care presuppose a shared understanding of the human person. Thus, theological reflection has a unique role to play in bioethical issues, as it ponders the interaction between understanding and volition, dignity and foster care, the rights to life and the demands on life. Specific topics will be discussed and analyzed in depth touching on the beginning (genetic control, abortion, care of severely handicapped neonates, and assisted reproductive technologies) and end of human life (death and dying, and the meaning of "quality of life" and its application to contemporary issues).