APG4394 / APG5394 Questions of Life and Death

Note: prior to 2011, these units were coded CHB4102 and CHB5102 respectively, and during 2011, they were titled GeneEthics.

Handbook Entries:

For unit objectives, contact hours etc., please see the Handbook entry for APG4394 or APG5394.

About this Unit:

On successful completion of Questions of Life and Death, students should have acquired the skills to critically consider the most important ethical and philosophical questions underlying discussions of issues regarding the beginning and the end of life, and new reproductive and biomedical technologies; draw on different ethical theories to analyse these ethical and philosophical issues in detail, and therefore be able to make informed judgements about the ethics of certain biomedical technologies, clinical practices, and decisions regarding the beginning and end of life. For APG5394 students, there is the additional objective of making and being able to defend on the basis of sustained argument, informed judgements about the ethics of certain biomedical technologies, clinical practices, and decisions regarding the beginning and end of life.

Recommended Texts:

For on-campus students, a book of readings will be provided. For off-campus students, most readings are included in the Unit Books. But books which you may find worth buying for this unit are:

  • John D. Arras, Bonnie Steinbock, Alex John London (eds.), Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, 7th ed., New York, McGraw-Hill, 2008.
  • Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer (eds.), A Companion to Bioethics, 2nd ed., Oxford, Blackwell, 2009.
  • Peter Singer, Practical Ethics, 3rd ed., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Peter Singer, Rethinking Life and Death, 2nd ed., St Martins Press, 1996.
  • Jonathan Glover, Causing death and saving lives, Penguin, 1977.