Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2039: Bioethics: DNA-technologies, Ethics and Human Identity

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:


Ahluwalia, P. (2007) ‘Negotiating Identity: Post-colonial Ethics and Transnational Adoption’, Journal of Global Ethics, 3:1, 55-67, DOI: 10.1080/17449620701219881

Nelson, A. (2016). The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome, Boston, Beacon Press, Introduction, pp. 1-27.

Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer (eds), A Companion to Bioethics, Blackwell Publishing (2001).

Lisa A. Eckenwiler and Felicia G. Cohn (eds), The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape, Johns, Hopkins University Press (2007).

Jonathan Glover: Choosing Children: Genes, Disability, and Design (Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics), Oxford University Press (2008).

Juergen Habermas, The Future of Human Nature, Polity Press (2002).

Christine Hauskeller, Steve Sturdy and Richard Tutton (eds), Special Issue Sociology: Genetics and the Sociology of Identity, SAGE (2013).

Nelkin, D. and Lindee, S. (2004), The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon, 3rd Edition. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, Chapter 8: Genetic Essentialism Applied