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Health Care Ethics

A broad-based introductory course on the theory of ethics in relation to healthcare and how this has developed over time.

Course contet

1. An introduction to some of the core ethical theories, principles, concepts and values.
2. An introduction to some core legal principles and law relevant to issues explored.
3. The exploration of a range of core, contemporary and emerging ethical issues explored primarily through topics and cases (for example ethical issues that may arise in medical education, or the process of research, or when the views of patients and carers differ or when patients lose capacity or when demands outstrip supply).

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to distinguish between and evaluate, key ethical theories, relevant codes of practice and core principles and values used in healthcare ethics.

2. Be able to identify ethical issues and tensions that arise in complex healthcare scenarios.

3. Be able to construct a competent analysis of ethical issues or tensions in healthcare, and be able to justify and defend potential, acceptable solutions by formulating detailed arguments and distilling appropriate conclusions.

4. Demonstrate an ability to identify, understand and apply relevant law and legal concepts related to healthcare ethics.

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Key Facts



Professor Heather Draper

Duration: Five days of timetabled activities to include lectures, seminars and other learning activities such as student-led discussion.

Oral presentation (30%)
Written work of 3,000 words (70%)

CATS: 20

Code: MD910

Next Course:

Application deadline: 21/01/2019

Mon 04 Mar '19
04/03 - 08/03: Healthcare Ethics

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