After establishing the governing principles based on an adequate understanding of the human person, to apply these to bioethical areas such as human reproduction and genetics, the human embryo, and to health care and end-of-life issues.
Human Person: Fundamental Principles of Bioethics; Human Reproduction: Natural Reproduction and Assisted Reproduction; Natural Regulation of Birth and Artificial Contraception; Sterilization; Human Genetics: Human Genome, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Human Cloning, and Stem-cell Research; Human Embryo: Abortion, Prenatal Diagnosis, Interventions on the Human Embryo; End of Life issues: Euthanasia, Aggressive Medical Treatment, Palliative Care, Brain Death and Organ Transplants.
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Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: Have adequate knowledge of the Catholic bioethical Magisterium; be able to make a pastoral application of authentic moral principles when facing difficult bioethical issues.