PHIL623 - Healthcare Ethics: Principles in Practice
Teaching Organisation: This unit will be offered in varying modes, including fully-online and mixed modes of delivery that can include attendance components. Given this variety, the unit will rely on rich resourcing provided via LEO (e.g., module text, links to further academic and media sources, and embedded audio and video clips) as well as active use of online LEO-based forums for group discussion. An inquiry-based approach to learning will be prominent. Accordingly, students will be provided with some key theoretical frameworks that will be mapped onto some important principles in applied healthcare contexts. Students will be challenged to further research this material and its applications in order to deepen their grasp of key principles, and to appreciate more extensively ways in which ethical issues arise in their professional contexts. This strategy will be extensively facilitated by the use of case studies to assist students to appreciate some of the complex nuances around the focus and intent of the principles discussed, as well as the practical dilemmas that can arise in their implementation.
Contemporary healthcare practitioners can face a range of clinical and extra-clinical ethical challenges. Such circumstances require responses informed by critical reflection and moral deliberation to inform advocacy and action. On the basis of key theoretical frameworks in ethics, this unit provides a broad-based introduction to applied ethics in healthcare. The unit aims to support health practitioners in the application of principles of healthcare ethics to specific issues arising in their workplace settings, to promote the common good through serving the proper goals of healthcare practice.