PHIL 242 A: Introduction to Medical Ethics

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 12:50pm
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Carina Fourie
Carina Fourie

Syllabus Description:


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Your Instructors


Lectures will be prerecorded

Carina Fourie

Office hours (Zoom): TTH 11am-12pm or by appointment

Teaching Assistants

Quiz sections are conducted synchronously

Michael Ball-Blakely – AA: WF 8.30-9.20am & AB: WF 9.30-10.20am

Office Hours (Zoom): TH 8-10am

Zoom ID (For Office Hours and Sections): 657 098 0974

Daniel Galley - AC: WF 11.30am-12.20pm & AE: WF 12.30-1.20pm

Office Hours (Zoom): TH 11.30am-1.30pm

Jonathan Milgrim – AG: WF 2.30-3.20pm & AH: WF 3.30-4.20pm

Office Hours (Zoom): WF 1.30-2.30pm

Zoom Link (For Office Hours):


The 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. It also provides an introduction to ethical issues related to the wider social context in which clinical decisions are made, such as the health care system, the social determinants of health and structural injustice. Additionally, students will learn how to write applied philosophical papers. Topics covered include the right of patients to refuse treatment, the acquisition of organs for transplant, the implicit biases of health care professionals, Medicare for All, racial disparities in health, and health care resource allocation during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Full Syllabus is available here: Syllabus & Guidance 

Week 1: Introduction 

Week 2: The Selection of Offspring (& Writing Workshop) 

Week 3: Informed Consent 

Week 4: Mandatory Treatment & Vaccines 

Week 5: Allocating Resources 

Week 6: Relational Autonomy & the Ethics of Care 

Week 7: Death 

Week 8: Physician-Assisted Suicide (& Exam Guidance) 

Week 9: The Health Care System 

Week 10: Social Determinants of Health 






Catalog Description: 
Introduction to ethics, primarily for first- and second-year students. Emphasizes philosophical thinking and writing through an in-depth study of philosophical issues arising in the practice of medicine. Examines the issues of medical ethics from a patient's point of view.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
February 12, 2021 - 9:15pm