PHIL 165: Bioethics

Self-paced Correspondence

Does respecting human life require us to do all we can to promote human life and human interests? Or, does respect for human life require us merely not to act against it in certain ways, as we would by unjustly killing or damaging it? These represent the two extreme poles of thought informing the moral debates that arise in the context of human health care. This class will trace these two opposed conceptions (as well as more moderate positions that lie in between these poles) of what it means to value human life and to respect humans within the context of medicine as we discuss a number of contemporary moral issues that pertain to human health: abortion and reproductive technologies, end-of-life treatments, respect for patient autonomy, and US healthcare policy.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Lewis Vaughn: Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases. 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2013). ISBN: 978-0199796236

  • Erick Parens and Adrienne Asch (Eds.): Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights. (Georgetown University Press, 2000). ISBN: 978-0878408030

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Dana Falkenberg, PhD
  • Credit-granting Institution: UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Number of Assignments: 12
  • View a sample course syllabus for the correspondence course.

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