Bioethics & Education

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Theory: 2 hours/week | Tutorials: 2 hours/week | ECTS Units: 3

Content – Aim of the course

Startling developments of biotechnology, namely of technological exploitation of finds and discoveries of biology, submit new moral problems to man’s, generally, and to scientist’s, specifically, judgment. For the past few years, the applied ethical philosophy has attempted to provide some answers to these problems, or, at least, to research the items that raised these points. Recently, the legislator, too, has gradually started to intervene in the domain in which moral and practical problems pertain in the development of biotechnology.

The course “Bioethics and Education” aims to familiarize tomorrow’s bioscientists and teachers of Biosciences with Bioethics dilemmas. How they can be approached and analyzed systematically, as well as with the pedagogical interventions of bioethical and environmental activation in various educational contexts.

Analytical Description of the Course

The course is structured as follows:

  • Introduction to Bioethics
  • Ethics of Research
  • Medical Confidentiality
  • Euthanasia and End of Life
  • Medical Assisted Reproduction
  • Philosophical approach to Eugenics
  • Animal Rights
  • Bioethical Approach to Genetically Modified organizations
  • Pluralism and uniqueness in biology: The uniqueness of living beings and the position of human
  • The reverence for the living world as a basic bioethical principle
  • The word of nature as bioethical-anthropological problem
  • Sociobiological approach to morality: Altruism and aggression
  • Educational interventions towards bioethics activation within formal and informal education.


Performance in the course is assessed by:

  1. Presence at lectures
  2. Presentation of a bibliographic work on a selected topic
  3. Written examination

Reading Suggestions

  • Βιοηθική και δικαιώματα, Χωριανοπούλου Μ., εκδ. Παπαζήση
  • Κλωνοποίηση και βιοηθική, Πρωτοπαπαδάκης Ε., εκδ. Παπαζήση
  • Ιατρική ευθύνη και Ηθική, Μαυροφόρου_Γιαννούκα Α., Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Θεσσαλίας
  • Βιοηθική, Πουλής Ι. – Βλάχου Ε., Ιατρικές Εκδόσεις Κωνσταντάρα

Teaching Material / E-class


Vasileios E. Pantazis (Course Coordinator)