Bioethics (BETH)

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BETH 601. Independent Study in Bioethics1-3 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 636. Philosophy of Science3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

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

Description: Critical analysis of methodological, valuational, and metaphysical problems in the natural and social sciences.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 536.

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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. Health and Social Justice3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

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

Description: An interdisciplinary approach to a wide array of issues pertaining to health and health care that arise at the intersection of gender, race, sex, disability, class, and culture.

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. Health Care Ethics Internship 3 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

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

Description: Capstone for Bioethics MA program. Students will complete a community internship and present their results to their peers and program faculty.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 685.

Course Attribute(s): CBL - This course includes Community-Based Learning (CBL). Students will engage in a community experience or project with an external partner in order to enhance understanding and application of academic content.

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