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SFOK19003U Reproductive Technologies and Family Ties
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 9999-21-30-79
Enrollment deadline: 01/06/2021
Date and time28.09.2021, at: 00:00 - 14.12.2021, at: 00:00
Regular seats
ECTS credits10.00

Aim and content

Note: this is a master level course offered by the Department of Public Health. You can find the full course description here

The course will also be open to PhD students. PhD students should apply as external students in order to obtain a slot in the course: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/education/student-mobility/guest-students/

After completion of the course, PhD students can apply for approval of the course and reimbursement of the course fee after applicable rules for approval of external courses. Please find more information on the Graduate School's website

Reproductive technologies such as for example various forms of IVF (sperm donation, egg donation, mitochondrial donation, IVF-with-ROPA, surrogacy, etc.) are increasingly enabling access to biological parenthood to those who were previously excluded, especially discriminated minorities.
This course aims to introduce students to the many different and evolving types of reproductive technologies available and to the ethical and philosophical issues that arise from our growing usage of and reliance on reproductive technologies. We will have a special focus on how reproductive technologies are changing families and also on what we can learn through analysis and discussion of new ways of reproducing about the nature and value of family ties.

Learning Outcome
After completing the course the student is expected to:

•Describe difference forms and practices around reproductive technologies
•Describe the difference between biological parenthood and non-biological parenthood in all its complex aspects
•Understand the impact of reproductive technologies on society and families with particular reference to issues of equality and minorities
•Describe the impact of specific issues relating to reproduction, including political, ethical and research issues.
•Understand finer distinctions within this debate such as for example the one between genetic biological parenthood and gestational biological parenthood

•Critical analysis of the most important ethical and philosophical arguments relating to reproductive choices, reproductive technologies and family ties
•Critical analysis and assessment of how theoretical concepts, principles and theories within ethics and philosophy apply to real life cases
•Assess diverse healthcare systems and their different approaches to reproductive choices and reproductive technologies (for example, Denmark as opposed to Sweden)

•Translate theoretical knowledge and principles on the ethics of reproduction into social and political solutions
•Communicate the relevance of reproductive choices and technologies in public health contexts and also wider social and political contexts

Literature will be provided in due time through the usual channels: it is a mix of background readings in bioethics and new research articles on reproductive technologies and family ties.

Teaching and learning methods
Class work will include student presentations, group work and plenum discussion of readings, with short lectures by the course leader.

Class work will include student presentations, group work and plenum discussion of readings, with short lectures by the course leader.

Total: 275 hours

Feedback form
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)

Credit:10 ECTS
Type of assessment Oral examination 30 min. Each student will do an oral exam of up to 30 minutes after the end of the course
Aid: All aids allowed
Marking scale: 7-point grading scale
Censorship form: No external censorship.Two internal assessors

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