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PHL 205 - Medical Ethics and Law

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is an ethics seminar. Students are introduced to basic ethical concepts followed by problems in medical care such as professional responsibility and patient relationships. Ethical and legal issues are examined and laws having a bearing upon medical care are discussed.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate a general framework in philosophy from which to probe the conflicting demands and choices facing society in general, particularly in healthcare through participation in the course journal.
  2. Develop diverse perspectives upon the presuppositions, values and premises brought into question by the technical and human possibility of medicine via a course term paper.
  3. Apply ethics theories presented to the ethical challenges in healthcare.
  4. Explain the relationship of ethics and law in healthcare.
  5. Describe the ethical dilemmas related to death and dying.
  6. Identify the moral issues surrounding science and technology.

 Listed Topics

  1. Ethics and medicine relative to concepts of life
  2. Ethics and medicine relative to death and dying
  3. Moral issues concerning suffering
  4. Medicine, the law, and behavior control
  5. Experiments on human beings: medicine, ethics, and the law
  6. Patient relationships
  7. Health care delivery
  8. Health professions, caregivers, neglect and malpractice
  9. Genetic control and its ethical issues
  10. Alternative views and concerns relative to abortion
  11. Science, technologies, and human dignity
  12. The issues around the natural versus the artificial
Reference Materials
Textbooks/materials as deemed appropriate by instructor
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 4/24/2020
Last Reviewed: 1/26/2023

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