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AN INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ETHICS: PHIL 242
Lectures: Tue & Thu, 1.00-2.20pm JHN 075
Lecturer: Carina Fourie. email@example.com. Office Hours: Wed 3.00-5.00pm; Savery Hall, 389.
QSI for AA & AC: Jon Rosenberg. firstname.lastname@example.org. Office Hours: W&F 1.30-2.30pm; The Big Table (by Savery Hall, 372).
QSI for AB & AD: Michael Esveldt. email@example.com. Office Hours: M 10.30-11.30am & Th 11.30am-12.30pm; The Big Table (by Savery Hall, 372).
For the full syllabus including the course overview, please download the PDF: Syllabus
Required for the class:
1. Arguing about Bioethics (2012) Stephen Holland (ed.). Routledge. Available from the UW Bookstore. A copy will also be available on 4-hour reserve at the Odegaard Library.
2. Poll Everywhere Device (e.g. laptop, tablet, phone). If you do not have access to a device, please borrow one from UW Student Technology Loan: https://stlp.uw.edu/#/
Who should decide what is best for the patient? What role should a patient’s family play in decisions about treatment? How should we distribute scarce health care resources fairly? What is genuine informed consent and why might it be ethically required? Health care workers, such as physicians and nurses, will be confronted by many moral challenges during their professional practice. This course provides a philosophical introduction to medical ethics aimed at developing students’ abilities to recognize and assess moral conflicts and challenges pertinent to clinical practice. The course also provides an introduction to how to evaluate the wider ethical context in which clinical decisions are made, such as identifying whether or not the health care insurance system is just. Students will also learn how to write philosophical papers about medical ethics. Topics covered include the right of patients to refuse treatment, the acquisition of organs for transplant, the implicit biases of health care professionals, and the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act.
TEXT: Arguing about Bioethics, Stephen Holland, ed. Additional course materials will be available on Canvas.