Materials for the bioethics education project

This page is intended for use by those associated with the Bioethics Education Project, and we depend upon feedback from teachers and students to improve these chapters for all to benefit from. Also it is intended to compile teaching materials, reference materials, translations and modified versions of these materials for open global use. For a brief description see A summary in School Science Review December 2004 (pdf file). Note that the website for updated information on this network has moved to www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=36 in Bangkok, from Tsukuba. The alternative project Internet site is http://eubios.info/betext.htm.

All commercial rights reserved, but materials can be downloaded and used for teaching, with feedback to the project leader
Darryl R.J. Macer, Ph.D.,
Regional Advisor on Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific,
RUSHSAP, UNESCO Bangkok,
920 Sukhumwit Road,
Prakanong, Bangkok
Thailand 10110
Tel: +662 3910577 Ext. 141
Fax: +662-664-3772 Email asianbioethics@yahoo.co.nz

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Download the resource and textbook Macer, DRJ. Ed.A Cross Cultural Introduction to Bioethics (Eubios Ethics Institute) (published January 2006).
Download the Teaching guide, references, Internet links (regularly updated)
Download the earlier book Macer, DRJ. Bioethics education for informed citizens across cultures (Eubios Ethics Institute) (published March 2004) as four document sequential files:

Contents, Preface, Authorship and Acknowledgments [Betbk1.doc, pages i-vi]

Bioethics page by page
Autonomy, Justice, Benefits versus risks, Animal rights, Intrinsic and extrinsic ethical factors in animal use, Genetic testing and privacy, Trash and Treasure Activity on Testing for cancer gene susceptibility, AIDS Testing, The Heart Transplant, Ethics and Driving Cars, Ecotourism and ethics, Sustainable Development, Euthanasia, Telling the truth about terminal cancer, Genetic engineering and Food, Reproduction and Fertility, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Technology, Artificial insemination, Sperm, Egg and Embryo Donation, Surrogacy, Somatic Cell Gene Therapy, Germ-line gene therapy, Human cloning, Eugenics, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) [Betbk2.doc, pages 1-24, revised March 2004]

Full chapters 1-13 (revised numbering) [Betbk3.doc, pages 25-117]
Title, page number in book
1. Making choices, diversity and bioethics 25
2. Ethical limits of animal use 31
3. Genetic privacy and information 39
4. Testing for cancer gene susceptibility 45
5. Gene therapy 49
6. Brain Death 57
7. Organ donation 63
Play script for Role Play on Brain Death and Organ Donation 68
8. Lifestyle and Fertility 73
9. Assisted reproduction 81
10. Genetically modified foods/Ethics of Genetic Engineering 92
11. Telling the truth about terminal cancer 98
12. Euthanasia 104
13. AIDS and Ethics 111

Example Bioethics play performance powerpoint fileEnglish ppt(64KB)

Full chapters on Environmental Ethics, 14-16 [Betbk4.doc, pages 118-153]
14. Sustainable Development (Includes crossword) 118
15. Cars and the Ethics of Costs and Benefits 133
16. Ecotourism 140
Environmental Science (Bioethics page by page) 148
Feedback Forms and Information 149


Download further materials

Japanese translation by Fumi Maekawa of Bioethics page by page (part 1, pages 1-19), download as MS Word file

Spanish / Espanol translations (download as MS Word files):
8. Lifestyle and Fertility
11. Telling the truth about terminal cancer

Chinese language teaching materials (powerpoint files and author)
Note these files are not simply translations of chapters but slides teachers used to teach classes referring to the English materials as background reading and discussion started.
The following files are in simplified Chinese characters used in mainland China.
Bird flu - Fu Jinghua
Peering at life - Wang Bing
Human plague - Fu Jinghua
3. Genetic privacy - Su Baoqi
4. Testing for cancer gene susceptibility - Yu Yuan
6. Brain Death - Li Kuang
6. Brain Death Drama (students)
7. Organ Transplants - Li Kuang
9. Assisted reproduction - Fu Jinghua
14. Sustainable Development - Li Jianzhi
16. Ecotourism - Li Jianzhi

Files in traditional Chinese characters used in Taiwan
14. Euthanasia - Beryl Lee

Teaching materials on medical ethics (MS Word files) including case studies prepared by Prof. Hans Martin Sass in English and German language.


Download selected pre-publication abstracts and discussion from Macer, DRJ., ed., "Challenges for Bioethics in Asia" (Eubios Ethics Institute, 2004): Bioethics Education section

List of papers in bioethics education section and links to powerpoint files on trials in bioethics education project.


Download individual chapters/modules (updated March 2004, please see the book files for the versions as of March 2004).
Updates to chapters and new chapters will be available to download from the list below (note revised chapter numbers from the files before March 2004, in order to be consistent with the numbering used in the book).

The files are formatted in MSWord or rich text format. Extra files are either in doc, jpg or excel. See list below for short versions (that are generally sections extracted from the full chapters), intended for use in students who may have more problems with the English, or in classes with more limited time. In order to allow comparisons between countries and schools it would be useful to have similar sections used. For teacher notes see the full chapters.
Topic - Authors

Introduction to the textbook project bioethics - Darryl Macer
1. Making choices, diversity and bioethics - Darryl Macer
2. Ethical limits of animal use - Darryl Macer
3. Genetic privacy and information - Baoqi Su
4. Testing for cancer gene susceptibility - Lindsey Conner
5. Gene therapy - Darryl Macer
6. Brain Death - Alireza Bagheri
Picture of the brain for chapter 4
7. Organ donation - Alireza Bagheri
7.2. Heart transplant - Mitsuo Saitoh
8. Lifestyle and Fertility - Irina Pollard
Human sperm picture
Human sperm smear picture
9. Assisted reproduction - Irina Pollard
Micrograph of ICSI for chapter 9
10. Genetically modified foods/GE - Minakshi Bhardwaj
11. Telling the truth about terminal cancer - Dena Hsin
12. Euthanasia - Margaret Sleebom (plus Rok Lampe)
13. AIDS and Bioethics - Fumi Maekawa
14. Sustainable Development - Morgan Pollard
Internet Resources on Sustainable Development
Crossword on Sustainable Development
15. Driving personal automobiles - Rick Weisburd
Excel sheet for chapter 15 exercises
16. Ecotourism - Mary Ann Chen Ng


Chapters still being written include: Consent for joining a clinical trial of a new drug, Prenatal diagnosis for Down syndrome, Government policy in carbon trading, Dilemmas faced by families with muscular dystrophy, Xenotransplantation, SARS. A further series of page by page topics in Environmental ethics is expected shortly.
(Other topics are also being prepared and considered).
Evaluation instructions and forms
Overall roles of persons in the project
Roles of country coordinators
Roles of teachers and class observers
Short versions of chapters

Teachers - it is suggested that you read the more recently updated full versions of chapters before using the short versions. Teacher notes and figures files are listed with the full chapters. This list uses the old chapter numbering, and the files have not been updated since Janaury 2004.

1. Making choices, diversity and bioethics - Darryl Macer
2. Ethical limits of animal use - Darryl Macer
3. Genetic privacy and information - Baoqi Su
4. Brain Death - Alireza Bagheri
5. Organ donation - Alireza Bagheri
5.2. Heart transplant - Mitsuo Saitoh
6. Driving personal automobiles - Rick Weisburd
7. Ecotourism - Mary Ann Chen Ng
8. Lifestyle and Fertility - Irina Pollard
9. Assisted reproductive technology - Irina Pollard
10. Genetically modified foods/GE - Minakshi Bhardwaj
11. Telling the truth about terminal cancer - Dena Hsin
12. Euthanasia - Margaret Sleebom (plus Rok Lampe)
13. Testing for cancer gene susceptibility - Lindsey Conner
14. Sustainable Development - Morgan Pollard
Crossword on Sustainable Development
AIDS and Bioethics - Fumi Maekawa


In general chapters are 1000-2000 words, and include extra notes for teachers and questions for students. Links and ideas are welcome.

Testing of the chapters in high schools and some undergraduate university classes started from August 2003. There was a meeting of teachers, country coordinators, and those interested on the 15 February, 2004, during the Fifth Asian Bioethics Conference (ABC5/TRT9), 13-16 February, 2004, in Tsukuba Science City, Japan. There was another meeting during the First UNESCO Bangkok Bioethics Roundtable (Old teaching materials (1996) in English / Japanese

Bioethics teaching network in Japan (in Japanese)

To UNESCO/IUBS/EUBIOS Bioethics Dictionary

List of papers published in Eubios publications

To the yahoo groups Bioethics Education list serve for this project
To the Japanese language home page

To the Japanese language evaluation and teacher notes

To Eubios Ethics Institute