E7350
Christian Anthropology and Biomedical Ethics

This unit introduces the ethical issues involved in contemporary medicine and health care, with a view to moral decision making in keeping with Christian principles. It investigates philosophical and theological principles in bioethics; spirituality and the health care professional; theological understandings of life and death, the human person, human well-being and care; the proper goals of medicine and health care; beginning of life issues: reproductive technologies, abortion, disabled newborn; end of life issues: withholding and withdrawing treatment; euthanasia; terminal sedation; and special issues, including genetics, justice and resource allocation, organ transplantation, research, institutional ethics, and mental health.

Study Level

Undergraduate

Discipline

Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Ethics

Credit Points

9

Prerequisites

E7100 Sources and Principles of Christian Ethics or W7222 Moral Philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and clarify the moral issues present in contemporary medicine and health care
  2. Critically expound the theological anthropology which underpins a Catholic approach to bioethics
  3. Describe and apply key Catholic ethical principles in relation to bioethical issues at the beginning of human life
  4. Describe and apply key Catholic ethical principles in relation to bioethical issues in relation to human aging and end of life care
  5. Develop an in-depth analysis of a contested contemporary bioethical issue.
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