Medical Ethics PHIL 148 @ Binghamton University, Sum 11

Schedule

Contents

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: The Patient-Professional Relationship
Week 3: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Week 4: Health Care and Justice
Week 5: Abortion

Week 1: Introduction

May 31, Tues - Setup

Read:

  • Review Course Documents (Syllabus, Schedule, Learning Packet, Rubrics, Examples)

Write:

  • Set up your Profile
  • Sign up for Twitter
  • Ask any questions about course (on course documents or through email)

Jun 01, Weds - Practice Day, Part 1

Read:

  • Week 01: Introduction
  • Utilitarianism
  • Kantian Deontology
  • Rossian Deontology
  • Alternative Theories: Virtue Ethics
  • Alternative Ethics: Care Ethics and Feminist Ethics
  • Ethical Relativism
  • The Lecture! (on main site)

Write:

  • Practice Marginalia assignment
  • Introduce yourself to the class by posting to the main course site
  • Email instructor Group Leader Topic preferences

Jun 02, Thurs - Practice Day, Part 2

Read:

  • Other students' introduction posts
  • Other students' Marginalia comments
  • Review ethical theories

Write:

  • Comment on practice Marginalia assignments from Wednesday
  • Comment on introduction posts from Wednesday
  • Respond to comments on your introduction post
  • Respond to comments on your Marginalia comment

Jun 03, Fri - Practice Day, Part 3

Read:

  • Fundamental Concepts and Principles
  • The Lecture
  • Practice Debate Position Post

Write:

  • Comment on the posted Lecture
  • Write a Response to the Practice Debate post
  • Respond to any comments on your introduction post
  • Respond to any comments on your Marginalia comment
  • Take the Practice Quiz

Group Leader Assignments Finalized

Jun 04, Sat/Jun 05, Sun

  • Complete any missed assignments from Practice Week
  • Start reading for Week 2
  • Review course documents
  • Review ethical theories

Week 2: The Patient-Professional Relationship

Subtopics: Autonomy and Patient Welfare, the Role of Nurses, Truth-telling

Jun 06, Mon - Reading Day, Part 1

Read:

  • James F. Childress and Mark Siegler: Metaphors and Models of Doctor-Patient Relationships: Their Implications for Autonomy
  • Terrence F. Ackerman: Why Doctors Should Intervene
  • Lisa H. Newton: In Defense of the Traditional Nurse
  • Helga Kuhse: Advocacy or Subservience for the Sake of Patients?
  • Roger Higgs: On Telling Patients the Truth
  • Leonard Fleck and Marcia Angell: Please Don't Tell!: A Case about HIV and Confidentiality
  • California Supreme Court: Tarasoff v Regents of University of California, 1976
  • Lecture (on main site)
  • Lecture comments

Write:

  • Initial Comments
  • Extra Comments on Marginalia
  • Comment on Lecture

Weekly Progress Reports emailed

Jun 07, Tues - Reading Day, Part 2

Read:

  • Other students' Initial Comments on the Readings
  • Any unfinished readings
  • Lecture comments

Write:

  • Respond to other students' Initial Comments
  • Response to other student's responses on your Initial Comments
  • Any other comments you want to leave
  • Take Quiz
  • Email Quiz percentage to instructor

Jun 08, Weds - Case Study Day
Group Leaders: Marisa (Utilitarianism); Albert (Care Ethics)

Non-Group Leaders: Rameisha (Utilitarianism); Sammy (Virtue Ethics); Jennifer (Virtue Ethics); Shaaron (Care Ethics); Jacqueline (Deontology); Erika (Virtue Ethics); Ralph (Utilitarianism); Tasha (Deontology)

Read:

  • "Case Study: Patient-Professional Relationship"
  • Group Leader Posts

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Post
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments

Jun 09, Thurs - News Day
Group Leaders: Ralph; Tasha

Read:

  • Posted News Articles
  • Group Leaders' Analyses of News Articles

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Post
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments
  • Continue Case Study Day discussion

Jun 10, Fri - Debate Day
Group Leaders: Sammy (Yes; Respond to Jennifer); Jennifer (No; Respond to Sammy)

Question: If a young deaf child (5-years-old) expresses a desire for a cochlear implant (which has a chance of allowing her to hear), but the deaf mother of the child decides not to let her go through with the procedure, would it be morally wrong for the doctor to get a court order to allow him to perform the surgery?

Yes: It is morally wrong for the doctor to get a court order to allow him to perform surgery.
No: It is not morally wrong for the doctor to get a court order to allow him to perform surgery.

Read:

  • Group Leader Position Posts
  • Group Leader Response Comments

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Position Post
  • Group Leaders: Respond to another Group Leader
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments
  • Conclude Case Study Day discussion
  • Continue News Day discussion

Jun 11, Sat

  • Conclude News Day discussion
  • Continue Debate Day discussion

Jun 12, Sun

  • Conclude Debate Day discussion
  • Start reading for Week 3

Week 3: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Subtopics: Active Euthanasia, Passive Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, Vulnerable Populations

Jun 13, Mon - Reading Day, Part 1

Read:

  • Dan W. Brock: Voluntary Active Euthanasia
  • J. Gay Williams: The Wrongness of Euthanasia
  • Daniel Callahan: Killing and Allowing to Die
  • James Rachels: Active and Passive Euthanasia
  • Tom L. Beauchamp and James F. Childress: Rachels on Active and Passive Euthanasia
  • James L. Bernat, Bernard Gert, and R. Peter Mogielnicki: Patient Refusal of Hydration and Nutrition: An Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide or Voluntary Active Euthanasia
  • Carol Gill: The False Autonomy of Forced Choice
  • Karen Hwang: Rational Suicide and the Disabled Individual: Self-Determination Versus Social Protection
  • John Hardwig: Is There a Duty to Die?
  • Lecture (on main site)
  • Lecture comments

Write:

  • Initial Comments
  • Extra Comments on Marginalia
  • Comment on Lecture

Weekly Progress Reports Emailed

Jun 14, Tues - Reading Day, Part 2

Read:

  • Other students' Initial Comments on the Readings
  • Any unfinished readings
  • Lecture comments

Write:

  • Respond to other students' Initial Comments
  • Response to other student's responses on your Initial Comments
  • Any other comments you want to leave
  • Take Quiz
  • Email Quiz percentage to instructor

Jun 15, Weds - Case Study Day
Group Leaders: Sammy (Care Ethics); Jacqueline (Virtue Ethics); Ralph (Deontology)

Non-Group Leaders: Rameisha (Deontology); Jennifer (Care Ethics); Shaaron (Utilitarianism); Erika (Care Ethics); Marisa (Utilitarianism) Tasha (Virtue Ethics); Albert (Utilitarianism)

Read:

  • "Case Study: Euthanasia"
  • Group Leader Posts

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Post
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments

Jun 16, Thurs - News Day
Group Leaders: Rameisha; Jennifer; Erika; Marisa

Read:

  • Posted News Articles
  • Group Leaders' Analyses of News Articles

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Post
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments
  • Continue Case Study Day discussion

Jun 17, Fri - Debate Day
Group Leaders: Shaaron (No; Respond to Tasha); Tasha (Yes; Respond to Shaaron)

Question: If one terminal cancer patient refuses necessary life-sustaining treatment and another terminal cancer patient purposefully takes a fatal dose of necessary painkillers for managing the pain of the cancer, are these two circumstances of death morally different?

Yes: These two circumstances of death are morally different.
No: These two circumstances of death are not morally different.

Read:

  • Group Leader Position Posts
  • Group Leader Response Comments

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Position Post
  • Group Leaders: Respond to another Group Leader
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments
  • Conclude Case Study Day discussion
  • Continue News Day discussion

Jun 18, Sat

  • Conclude News Day discussion
  • Continue Debate Day discussion

Jun 19, Sun

  • Conclude Debate Day discussion
  • Start reading for Week 4

Week 4: Health Care and Justice

Subtopics: Equality, Access, International Perspectives, Autonomy

Jun 20, Mon - Reading Day, Part 1

Read:

  • Allen Buchanan: Justice: A Philosophical Review
  • Norman Daniels: Justice, Health, and Health Care
  • Kai Neilsen: Autonomy, Equality and a Justice Health Care System
  • Pat Armstrong: Managing Care the Canadian Way
  • Nicholas Mays and Justin Keen: Will the Fudge on Equity Sustain the NHS into the Next Millennium?
  • Paul Menzel and Donald W. Light: A Conservative Case for Universal Access to Health Care
  • Lecture (on main site)
  • Lecture comments

Write:

  • Initial Comments
  • Extra Comments on Marginalia
  • Comment on Lecture

Weekly Progress Reports Emailed

Jun 21, Tues - Reading Day, Part 2

Read:

  • Other students' Initial Comments on the Readings
  • Any unfinished readings
  • Lecture comments

Write:

  • Respond to other students' Initial Comments
  • Response to other student's responses on your Initial Comments
  • Any other comments you want to leave
  • Take Quiz
  • Email Quiz percentage to instructor

Jun 22, Weds - Case Study Day
Group Leaders: Jennifer (Utilitarianism); Shaaron (Deontology)

Non-Group Leaders: Rameisha (Virtue Ethics); Sammy (Utilitarianism); Jacqueline (Care Ethics); Erika (Utilitarianism); Ralph (Virtue Ethics); Marisa (Virtue Ethics); Tasha (Care Ethics); Albert (Deontology)

Read:

  • "Case Study: Health Care and Justice"
  • Group Leader Posts

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Post
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments

Jun 23, Thurs - News Day
Group Leaders: Sammy; Jacqueline

Read:

  • Posted News Articles
  • Group Leaders' Analyses of News Articles

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Post
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments
  • Continue Case Study Day discussion

Jun 24, Fri - Debate Day
Group Leaders: Rameisha (Yes; Respond to Erika); Erika (No; Respond to Ralph); Ralph (Yes; Respond to Albert); Albert (No; Respond to Rameisha)

Question: Is it moral for the government or individual hospitals to provide limited resources on a first come, first serve basis?

Yes: It is moral to limit resources on a first come, first serve basis.
No: It is not moral to limit resources on a first come, first serve basis.

Read:

  • Group Leader Position Posts
  • Group Leader Response Comments

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Position Post
  • Group Leaders: Respond to another Group Leader
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments
  • Conclude Case Study Day discussion
  • Continue News Day discussion

Jun 25, Sat

  • Conclude News Day discussion
  • Continue Debate Day discussion

Jun 26, Sun

  • Conclude Debate Day discussion
  • Start reading for Week 5

Week 5: Abortion

Subtopics: Personhood, Choice, Control of Body, Protection of Life, Viability and Limits

Jun 27, Mon - Reading Day, Part 1

Read:

  • Don Marquis: Why Abortion is Wrong
  • Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion
  • Baruch Brody: The Morality of Abortion
  • Mary Anne Warren: On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion
  • Justice Harry Blackmun: Majority Opinion in Roe v Wade
  • Margaret Olivia Little: The Morality of Abortion
  • Deborah Hornstra: A Realistic Approach to Maternal-Fetal Conflict
  • Lecture (on main site)
  • Lecture comments

Write:

  • Initial Comments
  • Extra Comments on Marginalia
  • Comment on Lecture

Weekly Progress Reports Emailed

Jun 28, Tues - Reading Day, Part 2

Read:

  • Other students' Initial Comments on the Readings
  • Any unfinished readings
  • Lecture comments

Write:

  • Respond to other students' Initial Comments
  • Response to other student's responses on your Initial Comments
  • Any other comments you want to leave
  • Take Quiz
  • Email Quiz percentage to instructor

Jun 29, Weds - Case Study Day
Group Leaders: Rameisha (Care Ethics); Erika (Deontology); Tasha (Utilitarianism)

Non-Group Leaders: Sammy (Deontology); Jennifer (Deontology); Shaaron (Virtue Ethics); Jacqueline (Utilitarianism); Erika (Deontology); Ralph (Care Ethics); Marisa (Care Ethics); Tasha (Utilitarianism); Albert (Virtue Ethics)

Read:

  • "Case Study: Abortion"
  • Group Leader Posts

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Post
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments

Jun 30, Thurs - News Day
Group Leaders: Shaaron; Albert

Read:

  • Posted News Articles
  • Group Leaders' Analyses of News Articles

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Post
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments
  • Continue Case Study Day discussion

Jul 31, Fri - Debate Day
Group Leaders: Jacqueline (No; Respond to Marisa); Marisa (Yes; Respond to Jacqueline)

Question: Does opposing legalized abortion impose a moral obligation to adopt, if one has the resources, on those who oppose?

Yes: Opposing legalized abortion imposes a moral obligation to adopt on those who oppose.
No: Opposing legalized abortion does not impose a moral obligation to adopt on those who oppose.

Read:

  • Group Leader Position Posts
  • Group Leader Response Comments

Write:

  • Group Leaders: Position Post
  • Group Leaders: Respond to another Group Leader
  • Non-Group Leaders: Comment on Group Leader Posts
  • Group Leaders: Respond to any comments
  • Conclude Case Study Day discussion
  • Continue News Day discussion
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