Bioethics

Derek A. Leben, Bioethics, Fall 2015

Course Description:

We often face moral decisions, but perhaps nowhere are moral decisions more difficult and complex than in the field of medicine. This course will address some of the major ethical issues within the medical field and potential approaches to navigating these difficult problems. The readings are divided into four units: (I) the physician-patient relationship, (II) policies of medical institutions, (III) end of life issues, and (IV) reproductive issues. Students will be responsible for at least two presentations throughout the semester that will discuss the readings and promote class discussion. While there are midterm and final exams, the course will be run as a seminar with a focus on class debate.

Required Texts:

• Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Bioethics, Spring 2014

Course Description:

We often face moral decisions, but perhaps nowhere are moral decisions more difficult and complex than in the field of medicine. This course will address some of the major ethical issues within the medical field and potential approaches to navigating these difficult problems. The readings are divided into four units: (I) the physician-patient relationship, (II) policies of medical institutions, (III) end of life issues, and (IV) reproductive issues. Students will be responsible for at least two presentations throughout the semester that will discuss the readings and promote class discussion. While there are midterm and final exams, the course will be run as a seminar with a focus on class debate.

Required Texts:

• Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine

Syllabus: 
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