RELI 376: Special Topics in Religious Thought

RELI 376-002: Religion and Medicine
(Spring 2022)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 126

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Section Information for Spring 2022

RELI 376 - 002: Religion and Medicine

This course examines the ethical principles that commonly guide decisions in health care. It focuses on ethical principles accepted by many Abrahamic traditions including Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Islamic and humanistic traditions, and embedded in a liberal, pluralistic society. It examines debates about the implications of these principles for suicide and assisted suicide; terminating life-sustaining treatment; abortion and maternal-fetal relations; artificial reproduction, including human cloning; using human subjects in research; genetic counseling, screening, and engineering; health-care reform; allocating life­ saving medical resources; obtaining and distributing organs for transplantation; and public health issues surrounding AIDS, pandemic influenza, and possible bioterrorist attacks. We will use numerous actual and hypothetical cases to highlight moral issues.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Selected topics from a philosophical perspective. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of Religious Studies or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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