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Wylie Burke
MHE 548
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Clinical Ethics

Introduction to history, practice, and research methods in clinical ethics. Case-based examination of methods including principalism, casuistry, narrative methods, virtue ethics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

Introduction to Clinical Ethics will introduce students to the practice of clinical ethics and to research methods used to explore questions in clinical ethics. It will begin with a brief history of bioethics and a guide to seminal works, followed by consideration of the methods of clinical ethics in the context of case examples chosen to represent key topics. Methods covered will include: principlism, casuistry, narrative methods, and virtue ethics. Discussion of case examples will include comparison of different methods. Cases will be drawn as much as possible from institutional or other public cases. Additional time will be spent on principlism and casuistry, given the centrality of those approaches to bioethics.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course is intended for graduate students, particularly those in the fields of nursing, public health genetics, pharmacy, social work and philosophy.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be required to write a paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Amber L Curtis
Date: 09/30/2003