Bioethics is concerned with the intersection of medical theory, practice, and policy. This course introduces students to the methods of bioethics by engaging them with the controversies that arise from such topics as assisted suicide and euthanasia, assisted reproduction and abortion, and the problems of justice and health care access. By examining various controversies, students will learn how to use philosophical moral theories to make sense of moral quandaries that arise in a field that regularly deals with the boundaries between health and sickness, function and dysfunction, and life and death. At the same time, students will examine how these moral quandaries raise questions about the effectiveness of philosophical moral theories.
Medical Ethics was an online course that ran from May 31st to July 1st, 2011. This site now operates as an archive for all material pertaining to the course.
All course materials can be reached through the links at the top of the page, while all posts and comments can be viewed by clicking the individual categories to the right.