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Putting Bioethics into Practice
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On completion of this course, students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
1. Demonstrate complex knowledge of principles and processes of bioethical decision-making
2. Articulate sophisticated understanding of bioethics concepts and their application to challenging bioethical decisions
3. Apply a mastery of analysis to situations that raise significant bioethical issues
4. Communicate clearly and respectfully with bioethics stakeholders
5. Apply justified decision-making to complex counterpoint positions
- What is bioethics? Approaches and concepts informing ethical analysis and ethical decisions. Political philosophy and bioethics; A structure for Bioethics decision making; Decision structuring conceptual tools for the ethics toolbox; What is and what is not ethical? Identifying and avoiding problems in putting bioethics into practice; The importance of trust in bioethics decision-making; Theories of Social Capital; Theories of Justice; Cause Lawyering; Major future issues for bioethics decision making;
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No additional requirements
This course examines ethical theories and concepts needed to put bioethics into practice. It guides students along a structured approach to bioethics decision-making. General concepts considered will include principles and approaches to decision-making in applied ethics, the relation between ethics and law, dealing with values conflicts, embedding ethics in and examining levels of decision-making. It will also examine the ethics of uncertainty and multiple ways of human knowing. The course will develop concepts or ideas that are useful in ethical decision-making, including how to identify and cope with ethically and morally challenging experiences. It will consider conflict of interest, the difference between blind and earned trust, and dealing ethically with mistakes. Considerations of the common good, the importance of basic presumptions, and justice in ethics decision-making, together with ethical decision-making processes and procedures will also be examined.
Three summative assessment components comprising 1. Leading a group discussion 2. Presentation of bioethical case analysis 3. Written bioethical case analysis
- Lead a group discussion. (20%%)
- Presentation of bioethical case analysis. (30%%)
- Bioethical Case Analysis. (50%%)