HSC 355-09SS Spring 2019
Bioethics is a field of ethics that is interested in the ethical issues that arise in the field of health care. In this course we are going to focus on some of the important issues that tend to come up when practicing in health-related fields. We are going to explore what it means to live a good life and to be healthy and what decisions we should make in medicine, public health and health care.
This course is a survey course in Bioethics and is part of the Department of Health Sciences core curriculum. The course is designed to provide you an overview of the field and give you a language that you can use to talk to others in the field about ethical issues.
The course is also focused on writing and critical thinking. You will be asked to created, edit, or update an article on Wikipedia on a topic and bioethics, write an annotated bibliography, and perform two case analyses—one on your midterm and one on your final exam.
Instructor: Jason A. Smith
Office Location: SF Building, 5th Floor
Telephone Number: 510-885-3885
Course Name and Units: HSC 355 Bioethics, 3 Units
Classroom Location: NS112
This course will cover ethical issues that arise in the health sciences including, but not limited to, clinical ethics, ethical issues in new technologies, public health ethics, and distributive justice. The course will focus on sound reasoning through discursive writing.
- Independently apply ethical perspectives and concepts to questions in bioethics.
- Recognize basic ethical issues in the health sciences.
- Discuss different ethical perspectives on current issues in health sciences and their implications.
- Write clear and grammatically correct case-analyses of bioethical issues.
- Complete literature searches and write clear and relevant literature reviews on topics in bioethics.
Raymond Devettere, Practical Decision Making in Health Care Ethics, 4th Edition. (2016). (Available in the bookstore) ("PDM")
Other readings available on Blackboard.
The following are important course requirements and due dates. The full course calendar is available on Blackboard.
Draft Due 03/04/19
Final Due 03/28/19
See our Wikipedia class page for due dates for this assignment.
Midterm Exam 04/08/19
Final Exam 05/13/19 8PM - 10PM
Précis - 30%
Wikipedia Assignment - 30%
Midterm Examination - 20%
Final Examination - 20%
Students not turning in all assignments will receive a WU for the course.
Please check the class calendar on Blackboard for assignment due dates.
01/22/19 - Holiday, No Class
01/28/19 - Introduction to Class and to Bioethics
Chapters 1 - 3 of PDM
02/04/19 - Making Decisions
Chapter 4 of PDM
02/11/19 - Solidarity: Do we owe anything to others?
Readings on Blackboard
02/18/19 - Making Decisions for Other People
Chapter 5 of PDM
02/25/19 - Death and Dying
Chapter 6 of PDM
03/04/19 - Life-Sustaining Treatment
Chapter 7 of PDM
03/18/19 - Prenatal Life
Chapter 11 of PDM
03/25/19 - Euthanasia and Phyisician-Assisted Death
Chapter 13 of PDM
04/01/19 - Spring Break, No Class
04/08/19 - Midterm
04/15/19 -Children and Infants
Chapter 12 of PDM
04/22/19 - Ethics in Research
Chapter 14 of PDM
04/29/19 - Human Enhancement and Alteration and Distributing Resources
Chapter 16 of PDM
5/06/19- Bioethics in the Anthropocene
Readings on Blackboard