Department of Philosophy

PHL 366A -- Problems in Medical Ethics

Semester: Spring 1999
When: T, W, Th - 10AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Cornelia Hall C015
Office Hours: T, W, Th 11-12
Instructor: Dr. James E. Giles 
Office: 22 Hubert Place 
Phone: 914-637-2715 

Course Objectives and Description
Required Text and Online Resources
Grading Criteria
Course Outline

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, students should be able to understand:

Course Description:

This course will focus on the nature of medical ethics and on the ethical implications of current problems in medical practice and research.

Required Text:

    James E. Giles, Medical Ethics: A Patient-Centered Approach. Schenkman Publishing Co., 1983.

Online Resources:

UBC's General Sites on Medical Ethics

Ethics Updates

DePaul's List of Sites on Medical Ethics

Euthanasia Site

Journal of the American Medical Association Site

New England Journal of Medicine Site

UB Center: Bioethics Law in New York State

Grading Criteria

Policy on Academic Dishonesty:
Cheating on tests will result in failure of the test.  Cheating on the final examination will result in failure of the final examination and the course.

Attendance Policy:
Absence from a test: no make-up will be given.  An exception to this policy will be considered only if an extremely serious and verified reason is offered, e.g., a serious illness or injury verified in writing by a physician.  Absence from 9 or more classes: if a student is doing unsatisfactory work, he or she may receive an FA grade.

Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty:
"Every effort will be made to ensure justice in any allegation of intellectual dishonesty.  In all cases, educational assistance rather than adversarial proceedings will be sought.  Sanctions may include receiving a failing grade in the course, and in the case of a second instance, dismissal from the college."

Course Outline:

Specific readings and computer assignments will be given at the appropriate time.

Web-Based Discussion Group

After receiving instruction on how to participate in the discussion group, the class will be given assignments to be done on the computer.  In order to maximize interaction, students will post responses to the initial assignment and reply to the responses of other class members.  Assignments will consist of discussing  readings, answering specific questions, doing research using the resources of the Web, and dealing with case studies.

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