Bioethics (BETH)

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500-level courses generally are included in both the undergraduate- and graduate-level course listings; however, specific course/section offerings may vary between semesters. Students are responsible for ensuring that they enroll in courses that are applicable to their particular academic programs.

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BETH 601. Independent Study in Bioethics:1-3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Independent study in Bioethics.

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BETH 605. Selected Topics in Bioethics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): To be determined by instructor, in the light of the topic chosen for that semester.

Description: Selected topics in Bioethics (variable content).

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BETH 621. Ethical Theory3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Bioethics MA program, or consent of instructor.

Description: Recent developments in ethical theory, such as examination of the status of moral facts, moral realism, impartiality and personal attachments, or moral agency.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 521, PHIL 621.

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BETH 680. Foundations of Bioethics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission into Bioethics MA program, or consent of instructor.

Description: Grounding in the major theories and methods of bioethical decision-making, including contemporary controversies about the role of theory, principles, cases, narrative, and virtues.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 680, PHIL 580.

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BETH 681. Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission into Bioethics MA program, or consent of instructor.

Description: Topics in health care ethics currently attracting the most attention in both professional and public discussions. A variety of viewpoints on the topics will be considered.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 681, PHIL 581.

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BETH 682. Gender, Race and Culture in Health Care3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission into Bioethics MA program, or consent of instructor.

Description: Examines ways social groupings and systems affect the kind of health care needed and the kind people receive. Addresses both biases and stereotypes, and empirical claims about biologically-based differences.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 682 & WGST 682, PHIL 582 & WGST 582.

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BETH 683. Health Care, Justice, and Community3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Bioethics MA program, or consent of instructor.

Description: Examines theories of justice and equality as they apply to issues in health care delivery, considers explanations for why disparities exist, and explores practical ways that communities have addressed inequalities.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 683, PHIL 583.

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BETH 684. Clinical Ethics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Bioethics MA Program, or consent of instructor.

Description: Application of ethical principles, virtues, and cases in the context of clinical care, with a practical approach toward ethics, consultation and conflict resolution.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 684.

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BETH 685. Integrative Bioethics: Self and Other in Theory and Practice3 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Bioethics MA program, or consent of instructor.

Description: Capstone for Bioethics MA program in form of collaborative seminar. Students produce a culminating project, whose development and final formal presentation they share with their peers and community.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 685.

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