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PHIL 3160 Bioethics


Kacey Warren PhD



This course surveys a variety of issues in bioethics.  In the first section of the course, students will be expected to identify the ways in which vulnerability and oppression have undermined moral and political ideals for healthcare practice. These ideals include patient autonomy and treatment in accordance with non-maleficence, beneficence, and justice. Following this, students will analyze the moral and political dimensions some of the most pressing issues in health care today including eugenics, medical research, doctor-patient relationships, reproductive liberty, and health care policy. As an upper division course in bioethics, students will be required to develop and defend a particular stance on these issues.


Over the course of this semester you will learn to:

  • Explain key concepts in bioethics and apply them to particular cases
  • Evaluate the strength of various arguments in bioethics
  • Generate alternative solutions to a particular problem in bioethics and/or defend a particular position regarding a problem in bioethics


Vaughn, Louis. Bioethics: Principles, Issues and Cases. 2012/2nd ed.

ISBN 978-0199796236


  • 20 Points – Syllabus and Guidelines Quiz
  • 180 Points – 3 Short Exams (60 points each)
  • 120 Points – Discussion Posts: 250-300 words per section
  • 100 Points – Paper 1: (5-7 pages)
  • 180 Points – Final Project: part 1 (40 points) part 2 (60 points) part 3 (80 points)

Total 600 pts.

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