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Med Law. 2012 Dec;31(4):495-511.

Experimental course of bioethics upon the bioethics core curriculum of UNESCO: methodoloy and result of investigation.

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Yerevan State Medical University after M. Heratsi, 2011 Armenian Unit of International Network of UNESCO Chair in Bioethics. 0025 Armenia, Yerevan, Koryun 2.


In October 2005 the General Conference of UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. The aim of this Declaration was to assist in the realization ofprinciples and support the thorough understanding of the consequences of the ethics of scientific and technical progress, especially for youth. In 2008, the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology Sector for Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO worked out an Educational Program (Bioethics Core Curriculum). On November 23, 2010 a Memorandum was signed between UNESCO and the Yerevan State Medical University after M. Heratsi. The Memorandum was aimed to test the Bioethics Core Curriculum of UNESCO. In this article we will analyze the aims and goals of studying the course, as well as disputable shortcomings of the Program, make recommendations for the improvement of the course of bioethics, and highlight the positive aspects of this Educational Program.

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