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Sara L. Goering
PHIL 242
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Medical Ethics

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.

Class description

This course will cover several of the main areas of bioethics: reproductive rights and liberties (especially concerning genetic testing), definitions of health, disease and disability, and end of life care (advance directives, assisted suicide, euthanasia). Philosophical and legal texts, journal articles from the medical humanities, ethics and medicine, and in-depth case studies will be used to raise and examine these issues.

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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.
Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 06/14/2012