Spring 2011 Schedule of Courses

PHILOSOPHY 336: BIOMEDICAL ETHICS

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY
SECTION 1, 3:30 - 4:45 P.M.

PROFESSOR SHARON SYTSMA

REQUIRED TEXT
Degrazia, Mappes and Brand-Ballard, Biomedical Ethics, 7th ed., 2010
Various Readings Posted on Electronic Reserve

COURSE CONTENT
We will begin with a short section on moral theory. Some of the following issues will be examined: truthtelling and confidentiality in the medical setting, decisions to refuse medical treatment, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, termination of treatment of defective newborns, stem cell research, partial-birth abortion, cochlear implants, infant genital surgery for sex-assignment or normalizing purposes, medical research using animals.

COURSE FORMAT
Lecture/discussion
One exam on moral theory
4 Case studies