4709798: FU_Life, Death and Dignity - Bioethical Problems at the Margins of Life

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Semester:SS 19
Lektionen / Semester:28.0 L / 21.0 h
Selbststudium:69.0 h



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A large part of the bioethical questions dominating the public discussion revolve around either the beginning or the end of human life. For example, topics such as abortion, stem cell research or in-vitro-fertilisation pose questions about how we as individuals and society deal with human life at the time of its beginning, while euthanasia focus on our interaction with human beings at the end of their lives.

This course is intended to provide students with knowledge for orientation in this thematic field, which is characterized by a multitude of sometimes contradictory opinions and positions, on the one hand, and the ability to develop their own well-founded and reflected attitude with regard to bioethical questions about the beginning or end of human life, on the other hand. It offers its students a platform for the critical discussion of arguments, explanations and statements on bioethical questions.

In a first block, the basic positions of (bio-)ethics as well as the concepts of life, death, (human) dignity and the question of the nature and justification of moral law will be dealt with. On the basis of these theoretical principles, the students will deal with concrete bioethical problems in connection with the beginning and end of life in a second block and examine them from both the perspective of an individual as well as social ethics.


Specifically, the course is oriented towards the following learning objectives or aims to impart the following competences: The students

  • are familiar with the most important bioethical argumentation and justification strategies, are able to analyse them in terms of their strengths and weaknesses and can evaluate their validity.
  • have an understanding of the general and specific bioethical and legal questions and problems related to the beginning and end of human life.
  • are aware of the ethical foundations of human dignity and human rights.
  • have the knowledge and ability to analyse and reflect on the complex bioethical and legal contexts and problems in the area of the beginning and end of human life and to come to an ethically justified conclusion.
  • have the ability to think critically, to justify their position argumentatively with an awareness of existing deviating attitudes and to articulate their position clearly.



  • Lecture, guest lecture, self-study, coaching session, (group) debate…

Voraussetzungen (inhaltlich)

  • None, apart from a genuine interest in the topic and the willingness to engage.


To be determined


Part A: Group Paper (30%)
Part B: Group Presentation (70%)

Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)

  • Course based on continuous assessment, details see under "assessment".
  • Meeting attendance obligations is an essential pre-requisite for successfully completing a course based on continuous assessment.
  • Attendance must be proven for at least 80% of the stipulated contact time. Responsibility for checking and providing written proof of this obligatory attendance lies with the course lecturer who is required to store this information at least until the end of the semester.
  • In the case of absenteeism that exceeds the specified limits of absence, a medical certificate is required. Responsibility lies with the head of the Coordination Office for Cross-Faculty Elective Subjects to approve the reason for the student's failure to attend.
  • Participation in other activities of the university are not recognized as an excused absence.


Passed / Failed


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  • P-FU_Life, Death and Dignity - Bioethical Problems at the Margins of Life (SS 19, in Planung)