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General characterization





Responsible teacher

Isabel Maria da Silva Pereira Amaral


Weekly - 2

Total - 46

Teaching language



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Teaching method

The classes involve a combination of theory and practice. The lecturer will provide introductions to the main themes of the course and sessions of discussion and debate from several bibliographic sources by the students. All the materials (articles, books, PowerPoint slides) will be available online to the students in the course page in Moodle.

Evaluation method

Evaluation includes:
1. Elaboration of a written commentary about one of the curricular program''s bioethics themes (45%)
2. Oral presentation of a scientific article, in group (4 students), about a specific program theme (30%);
3. Final work about a theme (in group) chosen between the topics addressed (25%).

Subject matter

1- Methodological Aspects

 The nature of bioethics

The emergence of bioethics and its principles

Life: forms, origin and meaning

2- The bioethics committees

National and international scientific research codes: articulation of powers and responsibilities

3- Themes and references of analysis in Bioethics (case studies)

Bioethics and biotechnology

Stem cell research and cloning

New genetic engineering techniques

GMOs, biotechnology and agriculture

Other subjects chosen by students 

Bioethics and Medicine

Experimentation on animals and humans

Ethics of human reproduction

Prenatal diagnosis; voluntary termination of pregnancy, medically assisted procreation, surrogate pregnancy, etc.

Human enhancement technologies


Other subjects chosen by students

Global Bioethics

Environmental ethics and global bioethics

Bioethics of Poverty

Trajectories of plural pathways in contemporary society (examples)