Making Babies in the 21st Century (FutureLearn)

Making Babies in the 21st Century (FutureLearn)
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Making Babies in the 21st Century (FutureLearn)
Discover the opportunities provided by reproductive technologies and fertility treatments – and the ethical challenges they pose. Explore how assisted reproduction is impacting baby-making in the 21st century. Following the journey of someone making use of technology to conceive, this course will take you through six different areas of assisted reproduction, as well as the science behind them and its impact.

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As you explore human reproduction in the age of technology, you’ll explore the social, ethical, and legal challenges of powerful new genetic techniques creating new opportunities in the field of reproduction.

Learning with experts at UCL’s Institute for Women’s Health, you’ll explore how technology is changing the way babies are made and family life is constructed, appreciate the key ethical dilemmas that these new technologies bring, and gain awareness of the social aspects of the relevant ethical challenges.



Syllabus


Week 1: Seeking fertility

Week 2: Freezing eggs

Week 3: Using gametes

Week 4: Crossing borders

Week 5: Genetic testing

Week 6: Genome editing


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

- Following the course, learners will be able to synthesise information from a number of different fields.

- Critically assess the accuracy and value of information about assisted fertility that is provided in the public domain (i.e., on the internet).

- Be able to confidently contribute to the vital societal conversation around the use of reproductive and genetic technologies.

- Demonstrate knowledge of the science and ethics-legal aspects of assisted fertility.

- Develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which fertility medicine is changing the way babies are born and the way families are constructed.

- Be able to explain how each of the technologies covered in the course are changing the way people think about fertility and families.

- Be able to reflect critically on the advantages and disadvantages of the new reproductive technologies.


Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about reproductive technology, including medical and healthcare students, clinicians and nurses working in women’s health, scientists and biotechnologists involved in reproductive technology and medicine, and couples and individuals seeking advice and information about assisted reproduction.

Healthcare professionals might find the Certificate of Achievement for this course useful for providing evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), or commitment to their career.



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64.00 EUR
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