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Faculty: Sheila Jasanoff
Developments in the life sciences and biotechnology have called into question existing policy approaches and instruments dealing with intellectual property, reproduction, health, informed consent, and privacy. These shifts in understanding are reconstituting concepts of the self and its boundaries, kinship, human nature, and legal rights and obligations of people in relation to their governing institutions. Through reading primary materials and relevant secondary literatures, this course seeks to identify and explore salient ethical, legal, and policy issues -- and possible solutions -- associated with these developments.
Also offered by the History of Science Department as HistSci 253.