will know the major theological/philosophical principles employed by
bioethicists and application of these principles to important cases. Students
will understand some of the medical terms/diagnoses in order to intelligently
discuss bioethical cases. Students will also be able to articulate principles
that address the social concerns in health care in the United States. Through
the study of cases and current trends, students will learn how current practices
affecting human life and health are consistent with humans being created in the
image of God. Student will demonstrate their knowledge of course materials in
papers, exams and by participating in a culminating "Bioethics
Committee" simulation project
Texts: First Do No
Harm --Lisa Belkin. New York: Fawcett Crest, 1994.
Catholic Health Care Ethics - David F. Kelly. Washington DC: Georgetown
University Press, 2004.
There are also a number of required articles on the course web site.
Ethics of Health Care. 3rd Ed. Benedict Ashley and Kevin O'Rourke.
Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2002.
Contemporary Issues in
Bioethics: A Catholic Perspective. James J, Walter and Thomas A. Shannon.
Lantham, MD: Rowman and Litttlefield, 2005.
Health Care Ethics: Theological Foundations, Contemporary Issues and
Controversial Cases. Panicola, Belde, et al. Winona, MN: Saint Mary Press,
here to see the current web site for Hermann
Hospital in Houston, Texas. This is the Hospital that we are reading about in Lisa Belkin's book
First Do No Harm.
There are many good resources on the links page. Also, our library has a pretty good collection of books in
bioethics/healthcare ethics under the call letters R724-6.
Requirements: There will be a reflection paper,
a bibliography, a short research paper
on a bioethical issue and an ethics committee simulation.. You should follow a
style guide (MLA, Chicago) and be consistent when writing papers. You can
consult The Everyday Writer, the writing handbook that is used for Core as well
as links on my web site for formatting questions.. I do look at issues of
formatting in papers. Additionally, EBSCO will give the proper formatting for
bibliographic entries. Late papers will be docked points.
There will also be three exams. Exams are usually short answer and essays. We also
will be doing an ethics committee simulation, wherein you will be taking on the role of some one on an ethics
Special Needs: If you are a student with special needs, please see me privately sometime before the third
week of the semester, so that arrangements can be made to facilitate your learning needs.
Honesty: The papers, exams, and assignment are to be your work. Plagiarism in any form will not be
tolerated. The penalty for this, or any infraction of the "Academic Honesty Policy" of the College (see Catalog,
pp.57-8) will be at the minimum an "F" for the assignment, and a report filed with the Dean.
I also expect students to attend class and to participate in discussions. You may have
one unexcused absences,
with no penalty. More than two unexcused absences will result in a full letter grade reduction. More than
three unexcused absences will result in a failing grade!
The online articles are available only to
SJC students on campus network.
(The online readings are
under construction 8-12-11)
| 29 -
Stories from the Front Lines
Belkin, pp.3-159 & Kelly
"Ethics Committees" pp. 229-244
5 - Labor Day - No Class
12 - More stories
Belkin, pp. 160-349
Kelly, "Theological Basis" pp. 1-47 (Reaction
| 26 -
Kelly, "Method" pp. 51-87 EXAM
3 - Kelly "Method" (cont'd) Birth Control pp. 88-123
|Vincent, Stephen. "In
Cases of Rape." Human Life Review 33, no. 3
(Summer2007 2007): 66-72. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost.|
|Hamel, PhD, Ronald P., & Michael R.
Panicola, PhD. "Emergency
Contraception and Sexual Assault." Health Progress,
September-October, 2002 Volume 83, Number 5.|
|Paul VI Humanae
"Applications" Ordinary & Extraordinary Means pp. 127-33
Kelly, "Applications" Killing & Allowing to Die pp. 134-42
|Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
on Euthanasia" May 5, 1980.|
From the Supreme Court Oral Argument on Physician-Assisted Suicide".
The Washington Post Thursday, January 9, 1997; Page
|Sulmasy, Daniel P. 1998. "Killing
and allowing to die: Another look." Journal of Law,
Medicine & Ethics, Spring 98. 55-64.|
|Baily, Mary Ann. "Futility,
Autonomy, and Cost in End-of-Life Care." Journal of Law,
Medicine & Ethics 39, no. 2 (Summer2011 2011): 172-182.
Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost.|
v. Quill (1997) - Supreme Court decision on distinction between
killing and allowing to die.|
"Applications" Surrogate Decision-Making pp. 143-169
|Shepard, Randall T. "Family
decision-making and forgoing treatment: A judicial perspective."
Issues in Law & Medicine; Winter94, Vol. 10 Issue 3,
|Clarke, Clare M. "Do
parents or surrogates have the right to demand treatment deemed
futile? An analysis of the case of Baby L." Journal of
Advanced Nursing 32, no. 3 (September 2000): 757-763. Academic
Search Premier, EBSCOhost.|
|Murphy, Timothy F. "Surrogate
Health Care Decisions and Same-Sex Relationships." Hastings
Center Report 41, no. 3 (May 2011): 24-27. Academic Search Premier,
|31- Kelly "Applications" Advanced Directives & Nutrition
& Hydration pp. 170-195
|Address of John Paul II to the Participants in
the International Congress on "Life
Sustaining Treatments and Vegetative State: Scientific Advances and
Ethical Dilemmas". Saturday, 20 March 2004|
|Shannon, Thomas A. 2006. "Nutrition
and Hydration: An Analysis of the Recent Papal Statement in the
Light of the Roman Catholic Bioethical Tradition."
Christian Bioethics: Non-ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality 12,
no. 1: 29-41. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost.|
| Schaefer, Pamela. "Bishops
clarify ethical directive on artificial nutrition, hydration"
Catholic Health World vol. 25 num. 21 Dec. 1, 2009.|
|Sulmasy, Daniel. "Terri
Schaivo and the Roman Catholic Tradition of Forgoing Extraordinary
Means of Care." Journal of Law, Medicine &
Ethics; Summer 2005, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p359-362. |
|Cheryl Arenella MD, MPH, Artificial
Nutrition and Hydration: Beneficial or Harmful? America Hospice
Patient Self-Determination Act (1992)|
|Barry, Robert. "The
Papal Allocution on Caring for Persons in a "Vegetative
State"." Issues in Law & Medicine 20, no. 2
(Fall2004 2004): 155-164.|
|Fins, Joseph J. "Rethinking
Disorders of Consciousness: New Research and Its Implications."
Hastings Center Report; Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p22-24.|
|Shannon, Thomas A., Walter, James J.
Nutrition and Hydration and the Catholic
Tradition" Theological Studies, Sep. 2005, Vol. 66,
|Hamel, Ronald, Panicola,
We Preserve Life?" America; 4/19/2004, Vol. 190
Issue 14, p6-13.|
|Sieger, Carol, Arnold, Jason, Ahronheim,
Artificial Nutrition and Hydration: Does Statutory Law Send the
Wrong Message?" Journal of the American Geriatrics
Society; Mar2002, Vol. 50 Issue 3, p544-550.|
"Applications" Physician Assisted Suicide/Medical Futility pp.
|Amundson, Ron, Taira, Gayle. "The
Effect of Life Experience on the Perceived Morality of the Policy of
Physician-Assisted Suicide." Journal of Disability
Policy Studies; Summer 2005, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p53-57, 5p.|
|Engelhardt, H. Tristram, Smith Iltis, Ana.
the traditional Christian view." Lancet; 9/17/2005,
Vol. 366 Issue 9490, p1045-1049, 5p.|
|Pearlman, Robert A., et. al. "Motivations
for Physician-assisted Suicide." Journal of General
Internal Medicine; Mar2005, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p234-239, 6p.|
|Stevens Jr., Kenneth R. "Emotional
and Psychological Effects of Physician-Assisted Suicide and
Euthanasia on Participating Physicians." Issues in Law
& Medicine 21, no. 3 (Spring2006 2006): 187-200.|
|AMA position on Physician
|Winenerg, Howard, Werth, James L. "Physician-Assisted
Suicide in Oregon: What are the Key Factors?". Death
Studies; Jul2003, Vol. 27 Issue 6, p501, 18p|
|Starks, Helene, Anthony L. Back, Robert A.
Pearlman, Barbara A. Koenig, Clarissa Hsu, Judith R. Gordon, and
Ashok J. Bharucha. 2007. "Family
Member Involvement in Hastened Death." Death Studies 31,
no. 2: 105-13.|
|Gentzler, Jyl. "What
is a Death With Dignity?" Journal of Medicine &
Philosophy; Aug 2003, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p461-487, 27p.|
|14- Kelly, "Applications" Pain Management pp. 220-228
Ethics Committee Simulation
|Chrystal-Frances, Eileen. "Palliative
Care: A Discussion of Management and Ethical Issues."
Nursing Forum; Apr-Jun2003, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p25, 4.|
|Hamel, Ronald. "Palliative
Care Needs A Culture to Sustain it." Health Progress
|Hoffmann, Diane E. "Pain
Management and Palliative Care in the Era of Managed Care: Issues
for Health Insurers." Journal of Law, Medicine &
Ethics; Winter98, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p267, 23p. |
"Applications" Stem Cells/Genetic Engineering pp. 245-269
Embryo Screening" Chicago Tribune (3-26-09)
See also the related article.|
|Childress, James F. "Human
Cloning and Human Dignity: The Report of the President's Council on
Bioethics." Hastings Center Report; May/Jun2003,
Vol. 33 Issue 3, p15-18.|
|Dresser, Rebecca. "Designing
Babies: Human Research Issues." IRB: Ethics & Human
Research; Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 26 Issue 5, p1-8.|
|Elster, Nanette. "Assisted
Reproductive Technologies: Contracts, Consents, and Controversies."
American Journal of Family Law; Winter2005, Vol. 18 Issue 4,
|McKibben, Bill., Kraft, Stephanie. "Design-a-kid."
Christian Century; 5/17/2003, Vol. 120 Issue 10, p22-9.|
- Kelly, "Applications" Allocations Arguments pp.
|Charles Bouchard. "Bound
by Fear: Health Care Reform Means Letting Go." Health
Progress, Jan/Feb 2009 Volume 90.|
|Crippen, Dan, and Amber E. Barnato. "The
Ethical Implications of Health Spending: Death and Other Expensive
Conditions." Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 39,
no. 2 (Summer2011 2011): 121-129. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost|
|Place, Michael D. 2009. "A
Time for Reform." America 201, no. 4: 12-15.
Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost|
|Daniel Callahan. "The
European Experience: Basis for U.S. Reform?" Health
Progress Jan/Feb 2009, Volume 90.|
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