Ing Ind - Inf (1 liv.)(ord. 270) - MI (363) INGEGNERIA BIOMEDICA
055002 - BIOETHICS
This course deals with the application of ethical theories to problems created, aggravated or transformed by biomedical and health technologies. It is intended to give students a chance to reflect on the ethical, social, and cultural impact of these technologies and the associated practices. The course focuses on theories and issues at the intersection of medical and biological ethics and ethics of technology and engineering.
The course includes lectures by the instructor and students’ presentations; class participation is expected, and students should apply what they learn through reading and lectures by looking at current events through an ethical lens.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
Acquire a broad perspective on the ethical impacts and implications of problems in health care and biomedical sciences;
Be acquainted with normative ethics through the critical analysis of paradigmatic case studies;
Learn how to recognize and analyze ethical aspects inherent in health and biomedical sciences;
Applying knowledge and understanding
Be able to use critical skills in clarifying and ethically analyzing case-studies and to apply ethical theories to problems created, aggravated or transformed by digital technologies in health care and biomedical sciences.
Students will be able:
To analyze the ethical issues of a technology;
To present in an effective way the results of their independent research, being able to justify their choices.
Students will learn to:
Present in an effective way the results of their independent research, being able to justify their choices.;
Lifelong learning skills
Be better prepared to their future professional life in an ethically and socially responsible way;
Be able to analyze problems through an ethical lens.
1. COURSE INTRODUCTION
Bioethics, engineering ethics and digital bioethics; ethical and social issues at the intersection of biomedicine and engineering.
Case-studies; what is responsibility; from passive to active responsibility; active responsibility and the ideals of medicine and engineering.
Ethics and morality; moral dilemmas and ethical issues in biomedical research, patient care and public health discussed in the light of the main ethical normative theories.
Informational and constitutional privacy; privacy as an individual good and privacy as a social good; privacy issues in biomedical research, patient care and public health and relevant governance approaches.
Social and distributive justice in public health ethics; fair access and the paradox of health care; global inequality in the digital era.
6. CLASS PRESENTATIONS
Students group presentations on critical issues in digital bioethics and engineering ethics.
Grading will be on the following basis: 50% final project (oral presentation); 50% written test on the course topics.
Type of assessment
Students are required to:
Develop a philosophical argument in which the presented claims are justified by the use of ethical argumentation and the relevant literature;
To present this argument either in a scientific paper or in an oral presentation in class in front of the instructor and their student colleagues.
Questions on the course topics that require to have read and carefully studied the suggested bibliography and the ability to apply it to case-studies;
Questions on the ethical issues associated to health care and biomedical sciences that require to have studied the suggested bibliography and to have developed critical skills in analyzing technical problems with the tools provided by ethical theories and argumentation.
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A. Campbell, Bioethics, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2017
I. van de Poel, L. Royakkers, Ethics, technology and engineering: An introduction, Editore: Wiley-Blackwell, Anno edizione: 2011
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