PHIL2400 Medical Ethics

This course introduces students to some of the fundamental issues in medical ethics and the major branches of moral theory and methodology that bear upon them. Given that we all participate in the medical system as a patient, relative of a patient, or as a practitioner, this class is open and relevant to all students, regardless of major. Using mastery of moral theories and concepts, students will analyze specific issues in medical ethics and learn the philosophical skills needed to develop and defend moral arguments. Students will analyze particular cases in medical ethics and apply the moral concepts to their own lives and situations. Inquiry will emphasize the evaluation and application of various methodological approaches to ethical problems arising in medical situations.

Credits

4

Prerequisite

Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 or ENGL1026. Basic computer literacy skills required

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabusfor detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Apply major moral theories to moral dilemmas in medicine
Explain moral terms and concepts
Analyze cases in medical ethics
Defend moral arguments
Conduct respectful ethical discussions
Identify the major issues related to informed consent, issues of patient privacy, and confidentiality
Identify key issues in research ethics
Evaluate the moral dimensions of emerging issues in technology and medicine
Evaluate issues raised by conflicts of interest
Evaluate issues related to refusals of treatment
Evaluate ethical issues raised in treating children and incompetent adu

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Eden Prairie Campus – 952-995-1544

Campus

Brooklyn Park Campus Eden Prairie Campus 952-995-1300

Credit Details

lecture:

4

MnTC Goal Areas:

6 & 9