Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R2666



Summary and Implications

A seminar course was developed using topics in animal science as a platform for teaching bioethics to university honors program students. The seminar course was structured to provide students with an introduction to major ethical theories (e.g., ethical relativism, utilitarianism), followed by an overview of livestock assisted reproductive technologies such as artificial insemination, embryo transfer, in vitro fertilization, and nuclear transfer (“cloning”). The latter half of the course focused on student-developed presentations on a bioethical issue. Students from a wide variety of majors from several different colleges within Iowa State University successfully completed the course. This course serves as an excellent example of engaging students in meaningful dialogue on contemporary societal issues while concurrently developing critical thinking skills of students and teaching them about bioethics.

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Iowa State University