1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
9 units of first level topics
Enrolment not permitted
PHIL2130 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic examines a range of contemporary ethical issues in the healthcare professions and the biological sciences more generally. Particular issues to be discussed include: euthanasia, the ethics of medical and behavioural research involving human subjects, genetic counselling, genetic enhancement, stem cell research, and resource allocation in healthcare.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to some of the most pressing ethical issues in the healthcare professions and the biological sciences, and to various moral theories and philosophical ideas that will assist students in dealing with them
  • Improve students' reasoning skills by helping them make careful distinctions between issues and pay close attention to arguments
  • Help students communicate clearly both orally and in writing
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstarte knowledge of central ethical issues in the healthcare professions and biological sciences
  2. Identify ways of dealing effectively with these issues
  3. Demonstrate improved critical reading and reasoning skills, both in verbal form and in writing