Karen Emmerman Mazner
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.
This course will cover several main topics in medical ethics, including the right to refuse treatment, physician assisted suicide, euthanasia, genetic testing, definitions of disability and disease, and medical conscientious objection. The course is suitable for non-majors, so a familiarity with moral philosophy or medicine is helpful, but not required. What is required is a willingness to read closely, think about what you are reading, provide arguments for your beliefs, and engage critically yet respectfully with otherís arguments and beliefs.
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