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Bioethical Issues

Students will learn about bioethical issues through research on the Internet.


  • Discuss bioethical issues related to health care
  • Analyze and evaluate the implications of medical ethics


  • Students examine bioethical issues. Organ transplant waiting lists are examined as an example of the distribution of scarce medical resources.
  • Students define instructive advance directives such as living wills and proxy advanced directives.
  • Students examine active, passive, voluntary, involuntary, and non-voluntary euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.
  • Students define artificial nutrition and hydration, especially in the case of patients in a persistent vegetative state.
  • Students read about defective newborns and the legal and ethical questions that arise in relation to them.

Sunshine State Standards

  • SC.H.1.4.7
  • SC.H.3.4.2
  • SC.H.3.4.3
  • LA.D.1.4.2
  • LA.D.2.4.1
  • HE.A.2.4.1

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Make informed choices among technology systems, resources, and services.
  • Demonstrate and advocate for legal and ethical behaviors among peers, family, and community regarding the use of technology and information.
  • Use technology tools and resources for managing and communicating personal/professional information (e.g., finances, schedules, addresses, purchases, correspondence).
  • Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem solving, and decision making in content learning.


  • Computers
  • Internet access

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