Course: Bioethics

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Course title Bioethics
Course code KBD/BIOET
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Machula Tomáš, prof. Ph.D., Th.D.
  • Šimek Vojtěch, PhDr. Th.D.
Course content
1. Introduction to the problematic. General and applied ethics. 2. Applied ethics. Sub-disciplines of applied ethics. 3. Bioethics as a sub-discipline of applied ethics. History, method, points of departure. 4. Bioethical principles. Bioethically relevant spheres of human practice (human and non-human life). 5. Relationship of man to nature I. Basic typology. 6. Relationship of man to nature II. Inherent value, moral status, rights of nature. 7. Relationship of man to animals I. Comparison of various conceptions (T. Aquinas, Schopenhauer, Descartes, Kant, Bentham, Singer, Regan, Spaemann and others). 8. Relationship of man to animals II. Positivist conception. Interest and altruism as criteria of relationship. (Hoerster). 9. The issues of modern technology and biotechnologies as part of bioethical reflection I. The technical imperative. Principle of responsibility (Jonas). 10. The issues of modern technology and biotechnologies as part of bioethical reflection II. Characteristics of technical practice and human responsibility. The ?wager? thought experiment (Jonas). 11. Bioethical reflection of science and research I. Internal and external responsibility of science and research (Lenk). Bioethically relevant spheres of science and research. 12. Bioethical reflection of science and research II. Science and research and values. Freedom of science and research. Modern conception of experiment (Jonas). 13. The bioethical conception of Francis S. Collins. 14. Summary, revision.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Preparation for credit - 30 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
To show the differences and points of intersection of general and applied ethics, explain the significance of general ethics for applied ethics; to present bioethics as a sub-discipline of applied ethics, focusing on the analysis and evaluation of human practice affecting both human and non-human life; to introduce students to the possibilities and limits of bioethical reflection.
Student is acquiainted with basic questions and trends in bioethics and has the faculty of individual reflection in this field.
Prerequisites
No special prerequisites

Assessment methods and criteria
Colloquium

Successful completion of final test based on lecture content.
Recommended literature
  • Výukový materiál přednášejícího.
  • Anzenbacher, A. Úvod do etiky. Praha: Zvon, 1994.
  • Düwell, M., Hübenthal, Ch., Werner, M. H. (Hrsg.). Handbuch Ethik. Stuttgart-Weimar: J.B. Metzler, 2011.
  • Jonas, H. Princip odpovědnosti. Praha: OIKOYMENH, 1997.
  • Ondok, J. P. Bioetika, biotechnologie a biomedicína. Praha: Triton, 2005.
  • Stoecker, R., Neuhäuser Ch., Raters, M. L. (Hrsg.). Handbuch Angewandte Ethik. Stuttgart-Weimar: J.B. Metzler, 2011.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2016) Category: Agriculture and forestry 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Summer