BIOETHICS

Degree course: 
Corso di Second cycle degree in BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Academyc year when starting the degree: 
2018/2019
Year: 
2
Academyc year when helding the course: 
2019/2020
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Language: 
English
Credits: 
4
Period: 
First Semester
Standard lectures hours: 
32
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (32 hours)
Requirements: 

To fully understand the topics addressed in the present course, students should pos-sess basic notions of cellular biology, genetics, human anatomy, physiology and pa-thology.

Final Examination: 
Orale

The learning outcomes will be assessed by an oral interview on any topic selected from the syllabus.
Students will be faced with a set of four key questions that can be used to clarify an ethical problem. In all cases, students will need to ask the following: What is the eth-ical question? What are the relevant facts? Who or what could be affected by the way the question gets resolved? What are the relevant ethical considerations?

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

At the end of the course, students should be able to:
• demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts and theoretical perspectives in eth-ics;
• recognize and critically analyze ethical concerns in biology, medicine and public health;
• distinguish ethical questions from scientific and legal questions and from questions of personal preference, custom, or habit;
• develop and use critical thinking skills to analyze information and situations in or-der to respond and act ethically with regard to scientific research, practice, and tech-nology;
• recognize that while there can usually be several answers or approaches to an ethical question, it is important to present a strong, well-reasoned argument for one’s posi-tion. And then to develop the ability to justify an ethical position;
• enhance respectful dialogue among individuals with diverse perspectives.
At the end of the course, students should have also the theoretical competences that will allow them to assess ethical reasoning in complex situations and ethical decision making in professional and research practice.

Introduction to Bioethics and the aims of medicine (2 hours)
Introduction to Clinical Ethics and Ethics consultation (2 hours)
Biomedical and Clinical Research and Ethics Committee (2 hours)
Research Integrity (2 hours)
NeuroEthics (4 hours)
Beginning of Life issues (PMA, Abortion, Embryo stem cells) (2 hours)
End of Life issues (Euthanasia, Advanced Directives, Palliative Care) (2 hours)
Organ Transplantation (2 hours)
GenEthics and Human Enhancement (2 hours)
Research Biobanks and Big Data (2 hours)
Stem Cells and Cord Blood Stem Cells (2 hours)
Nanotechnology and NanoEthics (2 hours)
Transcultural Medicine (2 hours)
Bioethical Dilemmas in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (4 hours)

Introduction to Bioethics and the aims of medicine (2 hours)
Introduction to Clinical Ethics and Ethics consultation (2 hours)
Biomedical and Clinical Research and Ethics Committee (2 hours)
Research Integrity (2 hours)
NeuroEthics (4 hours)
Beginning of Life issues (PMA, Abortion, Embryo stem cells) (2 hours)
End of Life issues (Euthanasia, Advanced Directives, Palliative Care) (2 hours)
Organ Transplantation (2 hours)
GenEthics and Human Enhancement (2 hours)
Research Biobanks and Big Data (2 hours)
Stem Cells and Cord Blood Stem Cells (2 hours)
Nanotechnology and NanoEthics (2 hours)
Transcultural Medicine (2 hours)
Bioethical Dilemmas in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (4 hours

Slides, documents and scientific papers are supplied by the lecturer. All material can be find on e-learning platform, compatibly with the laws on copyright.
The following reference textbooks are also recommended:
M. Picozzi, O. Ferrario, “Il diavolo è nei dettagli. Lotta al terrorismo, ricorso alla tortura, ruolo dei medici”
R. Pegoraro, M. Picozzi, A. Spagnolo, “La consulenza di etica clinica in Italia. Li-neamenti e prospettive”
M. Picozzi, V. Consolandi, S. Siano, “Fino a quando?”
M. Picozzi, “Trapianto di organi. Realtà clinica e questioni etico-deontologiche?”
A. Jonsen, M. Siegler, W. Winslade, Clinical Ethics: a practical approach to ethical decisions in clinical medicine, McGraw-Hill, 8th ed.

Convenzionale

The course consists of specialist lessons and Case Reports aimed at creating a direct interaction between students and teacher, in order to stir the students' interest con-cerning the topics of the course.
The case study method challenges students to engage the issues being discussed and to participate actively in the deliberative process (participatory method with discus-sion, debate, questions). Lessons, case reports and the accompanying visual materials are the major source of information for the students, who are also encouraged to fur-ther investigate aspects of special interest, by referring to some recommended text-books.

Prof. Picozzi will receive the students in his office in Varese (Via O. Rossi 9); ap-pointments should be scheduled by e-mail:
mario.picozzi@uninsubria.it
elena.ferioli@uninsubria.it

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