Christian Bioethics --
REL 142 - Term 024
Rev. T. McFarland, C.PP.S., Ph.D. Office: CEC 219
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This course provides the student with an overview of the major theological/philosophical
principles employed by bioethicists and application of these principles to important cases. We will discuss cases and
current issues in bioethics in light of the Christian (Catholic) tradition. Central to our reflection will be how current
practices affecting human life and health are consistent with humans being created in the image of God.
This course is just the beginning, and it is my intention to acquaint you with the major principles, issues and
resources in bioethics. We will also be examining attitudes, which shape the context for bioethical decisions in light
of the Christian tradition.
First Do No
Harm --Lisa Belkin (New York: Fawcett Crest, 1994)
Heath Care Ethics: A Theological Analysis --Benedict Ashley and Kevin
O`Rourke (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 1997)
|You can click here to see a little history of Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas or
here to see the current web site for Hermann Hospital. This is the Hospital that we are reading about in Lisa Belkin's book
First Do No Harm.
we are doing this course as a type of "distance learning" I am
presuming that you have access to the Internet. I have many good resources on the
Be sure to check these out, they will be immensely helpful.
| There will be an
assignment on research databases, an article summary, and a short research paper
(@7 page) on a bioethical issue, that must incorporate a Christian ethical
There will also be two exams. There will be objective type questions, as well as short answer and essays.
Your participation in class discussion will also account for part of the course
The database assignment can be found here
or you can download a
Word.doc to use as a template to complete the assignment.
Grades will be determined by points. The point value of each assignment is
indicated below. Final grades will be determined by the proportion of
total points a student attains during the course as indicated below.
exercise 25 points
350 total points
270-279 = C+
256-269 = C
245-255 = C-
228-244 = D+
210-227 = D
209 = F
|7 - Introduction
- Being Human, Sickness and Health
|10 - Stories from
the Front Lines
|14 -More stories
Belkin, pp. 160-349
|17 - Health Care
Healthcare Ethics, 67-136
|21 - Bioethical
|24 - Principles
Healthcare Ethics, 177-223
|28 - Beginning of
Healthcare Ethics, 225-270
|31 - Beginning of Life
Healthcare Ethics, 271-314
|4 - End of Life
Healthcare Ethics, 394-432
|7 - Social Justice
Issues in Healthcare
Health Care Ethics, 107-135
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T. McFarland, C.PP.S, Professor of Religion
Saint Joseph's College.
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