Course Details

Bioethics and the Law

Why study ethics when we seek to understand the law? Laws safeguard and reflect our deeply held moral norms. We require confidentiality in health care decisions because we value privacy. We allow adults to refuse treatment when they are competent to do so because we value personal autonomy. This seminar will explore the complex relationship between law and bioethics with an emphasis on both clinical and population-level (or macro) bioethics. Topics in population-level ethics include-rationing and priority setting, personal responsibility for health, organ sales, and outsourcing clinical trials overseas. Topics in clinical ethics (and population-level ethics) include euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, medical futility, abortion, contraception and involuntary medical treatment. Students will be evaluated based on class participation (15%) and a final research paper (85%). There are no prerequisites. Students who would like to complete the 2 draft writing requirement and earn one additional credit hour in this course will be able to self-enroll in the associated LAWWRT 602 Section 1 course section (class nbr 18781) during open enrollment August 26-September 25, 2015. Students who would like to complete the 3 draft writing requirement and earn one additional credit hour in this course will be able to self-enroll in the associated LAWWRT 603 Section 1 course section (class nbr 18762) during open enrollment August 26-September 25, 2015.

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 694


Course History

Spring 2017
Title: Bioethics and the Law
Faculty: Player, Candice (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 12

Fall 2015
Title: Bioethics and the Law
Faculty: Player, Candice (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 19