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PHL205 Biomedical Ethics

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Promotes applying ethical concepts to biomedical situations and ethical dilemmas, including those confronted by nurses and other health care workers. Explores topics including patient rights, informed consent, end of life care, genetic engineering, and health care policy. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available. (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide.)

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From September 27 through December 18, 2021
Textbooks for CRN 43417
Instructor: John A Holmes
Tuition: credit Fees: $0
For information, contact the department at 971-722-4287 or 971-722-4024.

Course details: CRN 43417

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Other than regular access to the internet and a functioning computer with up to date software, no special technology is require for this class. 

Instructor comments:

This course features relevant and timely case studies for discussion, opportunities for argumentative writing, and weekly quizzes with an available retake if the first score isn't desired. The instructor has first hand experience in the field of medicine as a clinical ethicist and an IRB member, and has been teaching philosophy and ethics for over twenty years. The course is designed around modules that deal with central topics in biomedical ethics, and uses audio lectures with slides, and a textbook, to convey important content relevant to case discussions, quizzes, and writing assignments. If they so choose, students have ample opportunity to have regular, direct conversations with the instructor via phone or Zoom. 

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