PHIL 365 Biomedical Ethics: Theory & Practice • 5 Cr.
Examine ethical issues that arise in healthcare, such as provider-patient relations, death and dying, reproductive issues, human and animal experimentation, and bioethics and public policy. Offers the knowledge and skills needed to research, analyze, and evaluate positions taken on these or related issues. Special attention is paid to the practical use of ethics in clinical practice and in public society. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of ethical theories by explaining ethical priniciples and the philosphical arguments that bear on them. Students will be asked to do this both in writing essay exams and in original research papers, and discussion.
- apply ethical principles to a broad range of biomedical issues. Students will demonstrate this ability in short writing assignments and/or essay exams.
- recognize and develop strategies for dealing with varying cultural perspectives on ethical issues through, for example, class discussions of cases involving intercultural interactions between patients and care providers.
- apply ethical priniciples in detailed studies of particular cases. Students will write a 10-12 page case-study research paper evaluating ethical positions in connection with specific case studies.
- evaluate arguments for and against proposed solutions to ethical dilemmas in the practice of medicine and biological research. Students will demonstrate this ability in writing and in class presentations and discussion.