Fundamentals of Biomedical Ethics A

lfilo2200  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Fundamentals of Biomedical Ethics A
5 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2018-2019 !

Botbol Mylene;
Some instruction in the history of philosophy and philosophical anthropology. Some instruction in the life sciences.
Main themes
The first part of the course describes the main lines of the philosophical and biomedical context of contemporary biomedical ethics. Basic theories and concepts are analyzed. From that point various practical questions are studied, coming from various areas of biomedical practice : conception, end of life issues, health care policy, etc.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of the course the student should be able :
- to identify and discuss theories and concepts that are part of various current approaches in biomedical ethics
- to analyse in depth a particular problem in biomedical ethics
- to appreciate the interdisciplinary aspects of this area
- to link the givens of problems in this area with developments in contemporary scientific research


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
We will address the history an epistemology of bioethics and analyze the consequences of this discourse on our perception of corporeity. We will then reflect on the epistemological challenges of biotechnological advancement and the necessity of anticipation to respond to the need of normative requirements to integrate or resist to new biotechnologies .
We will then address reflexively  the utopian dimension of some contemporary bioethical discourses in relation to reproductive technologies.
Teaching methods
The first part on foundations of bioethics will be given ex cathedra the rest of the course will consist on presentations of the group of students that will be discussed in a participative way by the all class.
Evaluation methods
The students are expected to work in small  groups  for an oral presentation in groups of 2 to 3 persons , that will constitute 40% of their grade,
A written essay of ten to 15 pages will constitute 60% of the grade .
Other information
Online resources
See Icampus
  • MG Pinsart et Mylene Botbol Baum : Genre et bioéthique ; Vrin 2005
  • Mylene Botbol baum «  Bioéthique pour les pays du sud » L'Harmattan 2007
  • Atlan Henri,   Mylène Botbol baum; ' Des embryons et des hommes' Puf 2008
  • Collectif dirigé par Mylène Botbol Baum  «  Vulnérabilités et capabilités «  « Journal de bioéthique international »  2015
  • Rosi Braidotti «  Posthumanism »  2014.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Specialised master in gender studies

Master [60] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Psychology

Master [120] in Ethics

Master [120] in Family and Sexuality Studies