Free Online Course on Ethics in Life Sciences and Healthcare

The Kyoto University is offering free online course on Ethics in Life Sciences and Healthcare: Exploring Bioethics through Manga. This course will help you understand key ethical issues surrounding crucial problems that profoundly impact your life from birth to death.

In this ten week course, applicants will learn about the ethical decisions surrounding critical health and life science issues vital to your life through Manga. This course will start on December 21, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject: Biology and natural sciences
Institution: Kyoto University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on December 21, 2017

Providers’ Details

Kyoto University is recognized as one of the most accomplished research-oriented universities in Asia. The validity of that reputation is testified by the accolades conferred on our alumni, most notably eight Nobel Prize laureates who undertook vital research during their time at the university.

About This Course

This course will help you understand key ethical issues surrounding crucial problems that profoundly impact your life from birth to death.

Topics include:

  • Reproductive technology such as surrogacy and sex-selection of the baby
  • Informed consent
  • Abortion
  • The use of medical technology for the purpose of enhancement
  • Euthanasia
  • Living Donor Organ Transplantation
  • Cloning Technology
  • ES Cells and iPS Cells
  • Lifespan and Eternal Life
  • Brain Death and Organ Transplants

Why Take This Course?

Students will also learn about ethical arguments and regulations in Japan and other countries concerning life sciences and healthcare. Our hope is, through this course, you will better understand and formulate your own opinions on these important issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Basic terms for bioethics
  • Basics of ethical arguments
  • How decisions are made on critical bioethics issues
  • Regulations and public policies related to bioethical issues in Japan and other countries


Satoshi Kodama

Satoshi Kodama is Associate Professor of Ethics at Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University.



How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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