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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHIL 460
Course Title: Biomedical Ethics
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Investigation of problematic cases in biomedical ethics, with an emphasis on sound philosophical resolution. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Junior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Any survey of contemporary literature in biomedical ethics.

Classic Works in Medical Ethics
By Pence, Gregory (McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages)
Course Objectives
  • To understand the philosophical issues and problems in biomedical ethics.
  • To become familiar with the various attempts to deal with the ethical issues concerning health, medicine and end of life.
  • To evaluate approaches to biomedical ethics in order to formulate a personal approach that is coherent and defensible.
    Measurable Learning
  • Read classic philosophical prose for critical understanding.
  • Describe and explain the issues and basic approaches to biomedical ethics.
  • Formalize sophisticated philosophical arguments.
  • Identify problems and weaknesses in the basic approaches to biomedical ethics.
  • Analyze and provide criticism of sophisticated philosophical arguments found in biomedical ethics.
  • Formally present possible solutions to problems found in biomedical ethics.
    Topical Outline:
  • Core values in medical ethics
  • End of life
  • Beginning of life
  • Allocation of scarce resources
  • Medical testing

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Mark Price Date: April 2, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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