Read what Fall 2019 instructor Ryan Olsen has to say about the course:
One can't escape questions about health and medicine. We (and everyone we care about) were conceived and birthed, we get sick and (hopefully) recover, and eventually, we will die. And at every step of the way, our health and the medicine used to manage it affect our lives.
This course focuses on moral issues arising from medical practice and biomedical technology. Medical decisions are often morally complex, making it difficult to decide what is right (and what is wrong) to do. It is imperative, then, to think clearly through different ethical issues that medical decisions present, so that we can make defensible choices. Topics covered in this class may include:
Together, we'll do three things: we'll explore questions like these; we'll consider some proposed answers and arguments for and against them; and finally, we'll work together to evaluate and articulate which answers we think are best and why. Along the way, students will develop their abilities to reason cogently and express themselves clearly---two essential skills for college and beyond, whatever one's pursuits.