Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Sunday, August 30, 2015, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.
The course will examine moral dilemmas created or intensified by recent advances in medical technology and study ways of analyzing those dilemmas to make them more tractable. We will focus on examples such as euthanasia and the right to die, abortion, behavior modification, allocation of scarce medical resources, in vitro fertilization, genetic screening and engineering, and human experimentation.
Prerequisite: Recommended for freshmen and sophomores
Applied Ethics: Introduction to Biomedical Ethics
Also listed as Philosophy 120
Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.
Directed Study in Biomedical Ethics
This course explores the link between mind and body from various psychological perspectives such as social, clinical, and psychobiological. We will survey the role of stress, emotion, self-regulation, and individual differences as predictors of health and illness. We also will examine assessment, diagnostic, treatment, and ethical issues in psychophysiological disorders.
Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or sophomore standing
Also listed as Psychology 245
An analysis of how the economic organization of medical care affects the health and well-being of the population. Topics include who is treated, how much the treatment costs, and who pays the bill. Particular emphasis given to the roles of insurance and various national health policies and reform proposals.
Prerequisite: ECON 100 or ECON 120
The Economics of Medical Care
Also listed as Economics 290
This course compares U.K. and U.S. health systems, markets, and public health policies. In particular, the course will analyze trade-offs made in each country among access to care, the cost of care and the quality of care as well as how resources are generated and allocated for each system.
Prerequisite: Only open to students attending the London Centre.
Health Policy: U.S. & U.K.
Also listed as Economics 291
A seminar examining one particular issue or set of issues in bioethics.
Prerequisite: PHIL 120 or two courses in philosophy
Advanced Studies in Bioethics
Also listed as Philosophy 370
This course focuses on ethical issues that arise from the development of new technology. Specific topics may include artificial intelligence, information technologies, human enhancement, transhumanism, transgenesis, ectogenesis, nanoethics, and neuroethics.
Prerequisite: One course in philosophy, junior standing, or consent of the instructor
Ethics of Technology
Also listed as Philosophy 380