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Ethical Issues in the Forth Industrial Revolution and the Enhancement of Bioethics Education in Korean Universities

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2018, 21(4), pp.34-47
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2018.21.4.34
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : October 30, 2018
  • Accepted : December 17, 2018
  • Published : December 31, 2018

Sookyung Kim 1 Kyunghwa Lee 1 SANGHEE KIM ORD ID 2

1연세대학교 일반대학원 간호학과 박사과정생
2연세대학교 간호대학 김모임간호학연구소

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ABSTRACT

This article explores some of the ethical issues associated with the fourth industrial revolution and sug-gests new directions for bioethics education in Korean universities. Some countries have recently devel-oped guidelines and regulations based on the legal and ethical considerations of the benefits and social risks of new technologies associated with the fourth industrial revolution. Foreign universities have also created courses (both classroom and online) that deal with these issues and help to ensure that these new technologies are developed in an ethically appropriate fashion. In South Korea too there have been at-tempts to enhance bioethics education to meet the changing demands of society. However, bioethics edu-cation in Korea remains focused on traditional bioethical topics and largely neglects the ethical issues relat-ed to emerging technologies. Furthermore, Korean universities offer no online courses in bioethics and the classroom courses that do exist are generally treated as electives. In order to improve bioethics education in Korean universities, we suggest that (a) new course should be developed for interprofessional educa- tion; (b) courses in bioethics should be treated as required subjects gradually; (c) online courses should be prepared, and (d) universities should continually revise course contents in response to the development of new technologies.

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