Law 3991 - Clinical Bioethics I
This course is an advanced seminar that focuses on bioethical issues at the intersection of health law and clinical health care practice. It forms one part of a pair of courses that also includes Clinical Bioethics II. The two courses (together) constitute a Certificate Program in Clinical Bioethics. Both semesters of the program introduce students to theories of moral reasoning and clinical applications of bioethical theory. Students will gain practical experience handling disputes of the sort that come before hospital ethics committees and that are considered through ethics consultations in hospitals and other health care facilities. The first semester of the program (Clinical Bioethics I) focuses on issues of moral status, patient autonomy, medical decision making, and end-of-life care.
The seminar will be open to law students, students from other branches of the University, and practicing professionals (including health care clinicians and attorneys). Law students who register for Clinical Bioethics I should expect to take Clinical Bioethics II (though credit will be given for students who take only Clinical Bioethics I, but not II). Students who take and receive passing grades in Clinical Bioethics I and II will receive a Certificate of Bioethics.
Permission of instructor required.
Prerequisites & Notes
This course is part of a two-course sequence. Students who successfully complete both terms will receive a certificate in bioethics.
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