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Biomedical Ethics Seminar
PHIL 334
Spring 2011 not offered
Crosslisting: SISP 334

In the contemporary developed world, medicine has evolved from a hands-on, low-technology, high-touch profession to a high-technology, high-intervention, low-touch one. This transition has created ethical challenges in both the clinical and philosophical settings and has encouraged the development of the new profession of bioethics. In a seminar format with readings, cases, and student presentations, this course first explores the philosophical underpinnings for health, disease, and medicine. It then takes up some of the tough contemporary, practical biomedical ethics issues in detail, including (among other topics) euthanasia, abortion, human experimentation, genetic screening, public health ethics, just allocation of resources, duty to care, war and conflict, and withdrawal of care in end-of-life circumstances. Policy and legal concerns may be touched upon for certain topics, such as capacity and consent, but the emphasis will focus on philosophical ethics of the issues.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA PHIL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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