Biotechnology is any technique that uses living organisms (or parts of organisms) to make or modify products to improve plants and animals or to develop microorganisms for specific uses. This course will address the sociological, ethical, and legal issues arising from biotechnology. This new field is known as bioethics. During the first four weeks of the course, students will develop a tool kit based on sociological, ethical, and legal thought. During the remainder of the course, students will read bioethical cases, analyze them as to their social, ethical, and legal implications, and argue their opinions as they apply these tools to answer bioethical questions.