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2020-2021 Catalog
PHM 5056: Ethical Issues in Death and Dying

Course Description for Ethical Issues in Death and Dying

PHM5056: Ethical Issues in Death and Dying
Prerequisite:  Admission to the MA in practical philosophy and applied ethics or admission to the grad certificate in applied ethics or permission of the philosophy grad coord. In this course, we take a philosophical approach to death and dying in order to understand and analyze some of the ethical, medical, psychological, and legal issues surrounding death and dying. Topics to be covered include whether life is always preferable to death, deciding how much control we should have over our own deaths, how much control (if any) advance directives should have in directing end-of-life treatment plans, how much money should be spend on expensive treatments which provide little benefit, the right of hospitals to decide when life prolonging treatment is futile, the moral obligation of doctors to tell their patients their prognosis, different criteria for determining death, and whether one is allowed to bring about or assist in the death of another.