|Abstract||The UNESCO Division of Ethics of Science and Technology has released three new additions to the UNESCO Bioethics Core Curriculum. The Core Curriculum, an element of UNESCO’s bioethics education resources, was developed by a group of ethics teaching experts, and is based on the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights adopted in October 2005.The Curriculum is intended for use at the University level to introduce bioethical principles of the Declaration to students, particularly where no bioethics curriculum exists. It articulates ethical principles that are shared by scientific experts, policymakers and health professionals from various countries with different cultural, historical, and religious backgrounds.
Of the newest additions, a second section has been created for the Core Curriculum: Section 2 Study Materials. This section is intended to serve as a framework for teachers to adapt. It includes material from UNESCO and other international organizations, but will be revised frequently to incorporate new materials from around the world. UNESCO has also published two supplements to its Bioethics Core Curriculum Casebook Series, which is designed to be used with the Core Curriculum, or as stand-alone study material for one of the bioethical principles in the Declaration. The most recent additions include, the Casebook on Human Dignity and Human Rights, and the Casebook on Benefit and Harm. |