2021-2022 Yavapai College Catalog 
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2021-2022 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

PHI 204 - Medical Ethics

Description: Examination of fundamental ethical questions that arise in real situations that health professionals, patients, and community members are likely to face. Students will develop a framework for ethical decision-making in healthcare; learn how to identify relevant ethical principles; and analyze real life ethical dilemmas. Questions asked include: What are the source, meaning, and justification of ethical claims? What kinds of acts are right? How do rules apply to specific situations? What ought to be done in specific situations? Issues that may be discussed include abortion, mental health, human experimentation, treatment refusal, organ transplants, end of life care, euthanasia, and healthcare.

Prerequisites: ENG 101  or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.

General Education Competency: Written Communication; Diversity; Critical Thinking

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Methods for ethical decision-making
  2. Ethics and values in medical cases
  3. Ethical principles in medical ethics
  4. Ethical decision-making in medical cases

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Explain relevant methods for ethical decision-making in healthcare and medical cases, including how moral principles have developed and changed in different religious and ethnic contexts. (1-4)
  2. Apply a stepwise process to systematically resolve an ethical problem in a medical case. (1-4)
  3. Define ethical principles commonly encountered in medical circumstances with an awareness of how those principles may be used differently in different cultural groups. (2, 3)
  4. Identify groups that have been traditionally marginalized by global, national, and regional healthcare and medical research programs. (1-4)
  5. Analyze courses of action to determine which are morally justifiable. (1-4)

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2,500 words of monitored writing, which includes a 1,500 word essay that undergoes iterations of the writing process (i.e., outline, rough draft, and etc.), using academically appropriate sources.