Continues to build on the topics and issues introduced in PHI 227, Biomedical Ethics. Increases the student's intellectual and practical access to biomedical ethics topics including informed consent, conflicts of obligations, conflicts of interest, and issues involving children within the medical setting. Lecture 3 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
To allow the experienced bioethics student an opportunity to further explore new topics. To examine the latest controversies in medicine in comparison to the more classic dilemmas dealt with in PHI 227. To allow the student to experience the phenomenon of a medical technology that is generating continuously new challenges for the ethicist.
ENTRY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
PHI 227 or permission of instructor.
COURSE OBJECTIVES/EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to evaluate newer, more recent controversies in medicine and biology in light of the insights learned in the more basic course. Specifically, the student will be able to:
B. Assisted suicide
C. Fetal tissue transplantation
D. The abortifacience of RU486, the new "abortion pill"
G. The repercussions of the new Dutch law legalizing voluntary active euthanasia
H. The rights of health care professionals to require patients to disclose their HIV status
I. Advance directives such as the "living will"
J. Privacy and the ethics of treating the AIDS patient
K. The honoring of "Do Not Resuscitate" orders in code situations
L. Early transplantation of organs from anencephalic infants
M. The autonomy of minor children in treatment decisions