Religious Studies | Religion, Ethics & Medicine
R373 | 3881 | Mongoven


How should we respond to pain and suffering? What are appropriate
medical, familial, or communal  responses to illness, injury, dying,
death? These broad questions frame an investigation of religious and
secular approaches to medical ethics--and of the relationship or lack
thereof between them. Religious materials focus on Judaism and
Christianity, but will include consideration of  medical issues raised
by so-called "minority" religions. We will grapple with a variety of
bioethical issues, including: physician deception, genetic testing,
maternal-fetal relations, justice issues in health insurance, etc. Two
issues will be addressed in particular detail, drawing on the full
array of secular and religious approaches to ethics over viewed in the
course: transplant ethics and physician-assisted suicide. The course
will include case studies, use of video materials, and guest speakers.
Course requirements include quizzes, participation in a team debate, a
short paper (making an ethical argument), and a comprehensive final.