Biomedical Ethics in EAST 2014





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TS 565: Biomedical Ethics and the Contemporary Church

East Asia School of Theology, Singapore

1-5 December 2014



Course Description

We are living in a time of a tsunami of change. Christians are often swarmed by newer and latest technologies without having a chance to examine the ethical considerations. This course will help to surf this tsunami by evaluating from a pastoral-theological perspective, issues that will involve everyone at some time in their lives. These issues include abortion, mercy-killing, advance medical directives, test tube and designer babies, stem cell therapies, cloning, reproductive issues, gene therapy, prenatal testing, chimera research, life enhancement, aesthetic surgery, organ transplant, and regenerative medicine. This non-technical course is for pastors, church leaders, counsellors and church members who are interested in surfing.



Intended Learning Outcomes

The desired outcome of this course is that students will demonstrate analytical and evaluative skills in their approach to biomedical ethical issues in their own ecclesiastical and cultural context.

By the end of this course, it is hoped that students will

  1. have an enlarged knowledge base of
    1. the foundations of bioethics
    2. pastoral-theological decision making
    3. bioethical issues at the beginning of life, and reproductive medicine
    4. bioethical issues of genetics; stem cells, cloning, and gene therapy
    5. bioethical issues at end of life, death and dying, and organ transplantation
  2. have improved their ability to critically reflect on the continuing dialogue of theology, culture and bioethics
  3. be able to offer pastoral help and counsel on biomedical ethical issues



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