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Spring 2015-2016
CHV 333 / PHI 344 (EM)   na, npdf

Bioethics: Clinical and Population-Level

Johann D. Frick


This seminar aims to introduce students to a range of philosophical debates in clinical and population-level bioethics. Among the topics in clinical bioethics that we may discuss are physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia; abortion; and the ethics of genetic enhancement. In population-level bioethics, questions we may discuss include the definition and measurement of health; cost-effectiveness and disability-discrimination; the significance of health inequalities; personal and social responsibility for health; treatment vs prevention in the fight against HIV/AIDS; and standards of care in clinical trials in the US and abroad.

Sample reading list:
Ronald Dworkin, "Assisted Suicide: The Philosophers' Brief"
Judith Thomson, "A Defense of Abortion"
Frances Kamm, "Aggregation, Allocating Scarce Resources, and the Disabled"
Daniel Hausman, "What's Wrong with Health Inequalities?"
Kristin Voigt, "Smoking and Social Justice"
Dan Brock and Daniel Wikler, "Ethical challenges in long-term funding for HIV/AIDS"

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading 50-80 pages per week. Writing assignments, two short response papers (4-5 double-spaced pages) during the semester. In addition, each student will serve as lead-discussant for one seminar meeting during the semester.

Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
By application only. Please send a short (1-2 paragraph) e-mail to Provide a brief explanation of your interest in the course; any relevant courses or other experience in moral or political philosophy, and/or health policy; your concentration and any certificates (official or intended); and class year. Students in the Values and Public Life program will be given priority. Applications are due by 5PM-Dec. 4, 2015. Decisions will be announced Dec.6.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42834 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Marx Hall   101   Enrolled:15 Limit:20