20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module builds of the first year module SNM129 Ethical Dilemmas in Modern Health Care. (Successful completion of SNM129 is compulsory for attendance on this advanced module). Ethics in Practice builds on the students basic understanding of ethics in health care. It will offer a deeper consideration of the philosophical underpinnings of ethics and demonstrate the value of these to resolving ethical issues in health care through consideration of applied examples. Key topics, such as killing and letting die (euthanasia and abortion), the allocation of scarce resources, using life (organ transplantation, animal experimentation, research on humans) and professional issues (whistle blowing) will be used to develop students' understanding of the issues involved in these areas and their ability to reason ethically and rationally. 

Staff Contact: MCKEOWN JANE
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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