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PHIL 471: PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH CARE ETHICS

PHIL 471: Principles of Health Care Ethics

The General Catalog Description

Introduces students to philosophical approaches to ethical issues that arise in the health profession.


PHIL 471: Principles of Health Care Ethics

Victoria Wike

This course provides an introduction to the field of health care ethics.  It aims at increasing students’ familiarity with the theories, concepts, and distinctions of health care ethics as well as fostering moral decision-making and justification.  The course will look at a wide variety of topics in health care, but the focus will be on the role of autonomy in health care ethics.  We will start from Beauchamp and Childress’ Principles of Biomedical Ethics, consider various conceptions of autonomy, and different positions on the appropriate role for autonomy in health care.  


PHIL 471: Medical Ethics

David Ozar

NOTE: ADMISSION TO THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED TO MASTERS STUDENTS IN THE BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT’S MAMS PROGRAM !

This course will serve as an introduction to different ways of identifying, analyzing, and thinking through ethical issues in medical practice. We will do this in two ways, by looking at medicine’s ethics from the perspective of medicine as a profession with a distinctive system of ethics, and also by examining the same ethical aspects of medical practice by way of a more general set of social-ethical values.  The major “bedside” ethical issues of medical practice will be discussed, as well as a sampling of some of the social-ethical issues like the distribution of health care resources and the ethics of health care organizations.  While this is going on, you will also be learning how to structure your own moral/ethical reflection in clearer, more articulate terms and how to use the conceptual tools being offered in the readings and in class in relation to specific medical ethics cases.  The most important outcome aimed at in this course is that the students will grow more able to give a clear, balanced, carefully reasoned analysis of what is ethically at stake in a typical medical ethics case and will be able to come to a careful judgment about what ought to be done (and/or not done) in the case, with articulate reasons for this judgment. In order to do all of this, a variety of philosophical ethical theories will be examined and a number of other important concepts and theories that are useful in reflecting on the medical ethical issues discussed in the source. 

Assignments will include reading, written exercises and “Thinking Sheets” on the readings, and graded case analysis exams.

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