Timetable

  • Check back regularly! Things may change as the class progresses
  • Class presentations are available:
    • As downloadable handouts - Handout
    • To view online - Presentation

Deadlines for graded assignments are highlighted thus:
See 'Assessment' page for more details

Tue

Feb 7

Intro: General introduction

  • Essential philosophical skills.  Handout   Presentation
  • Are you people crazy?

Thu

Feb 9

Snowed off
Intro: Argument (to Feb 14)

  • Arguments: good, bad and ugly.   Handout   Presentation

Tue

Feb 14

Intro: Argument (from Feb 9)

Intro: Ethical theories  Handout   Presentation (to Feb 16)

Thu

Feb 16

Healthcare rights & duties

  • Readings
    • Eberl, Jason T., et al. (2011). "Foundation For A Natural Right To Health Care." Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 36(6): 537-557.
    • Rulli, T., et al. (2012). "The moral duty to buy health insurance." JAMA 308(2): 137-138.
  • Presentation
    • Ethical theories (from Feb 14)
    • What's Not to Like about Universal Healthcare?  Handout   Presentation

Tue

Feb 21

Markets: Healthcare markets

  • Reading
    • Petratos, Pythagoras (2005). "Does the Private Finance Initiative Promote Innovation in Health Care? The Case of the British National Health Service." Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30: 627-642
  • Presentations
    • Healthcare markets and market failures.  Handout   Presentation
    • The hazards of insurance.  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Feb 23

10:45am

In Class Group Project: Bad Argument Assignment

 

 

Tue

Feb 28

Markets: Market failures - Perverse incentives and medical error

  • Readings
    • Healey, Bernard J. and McGowan, Michele (2010). "The enormous cost of medical errors." Academy of Health Care Management Journal 6(1): 17-24.
    • Read the abstract of: James, John T (2013). "A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care." Journal of Patient Safety 9(3): 122-128. (On the web)
    • Stephen Dubner. Freakonomics Radio. Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death By Diagnosis. (Read the transcript or listen to the episode on the web.)

Thu

Mar 2

Markets: For markets for organs

  • Reading
    • Hippen, Benjamin E (2005). "In Defense of a Regulated Market in Kidneys from Living Vendors." Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30: 593-626.

Tue

Mar 7

Markets: Against markets for organs

  • Reading
    • Hughes, Paul M. (2009). "Constraint, Consent, and Well-Being in Human Kidney Sales." The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34(6): 606-631.

Wed

Mar 8

11:55pm

Deadline: Abstract of 'Why We Must Ration Healthcare'

  • 150 word max: Strictly enforced.
  • Not a group project: Collaboration encouraged but individual submission required.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted!

Thu

Mar 9

Consequentialism: allocation and the QALY

  • Reading
    • 'Why We Must Ration Health Care', Peter Singer, New York Times Magazine, July 15 2009. (On the web)

Tue

Mar 14

Consequentialism: hold up a second on that QALY!

  • Reading
    • Brock, Dan W. (2004). "Ethical Issues in the Use of Cost Effectiveness Analysis for the Prioritisation of Health Care Resources." In Public Health, Ethics, and Equity. Anand, Sudhir, Peter, Fabienne and Sen, Amartya. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 201-223.

Thu

Mar 16

Rawls: Rawls on justice

Tue

Mar 21

Rawls: Justice in healthcare

  • Reading
    • Daniels, Norman (2012). "Justice, Health, and Health Care." In Medicine and Social Justice: Essays on the Distribution of Health Care. Rhodes, Rosamond, Battin, Margaret P and Silvers, Anita. New York, Oxford University Press: Ch.1, pp.17-33.

Wed

Mar 22

11:55pm

Deadline: Explain the notion of a 'QALY'

  • 150 word max: Strictly enforced.
  • Not a group project: Collaboration encouraged but individual submission required.

Thu

Mar 23

Rawls: QALYs and the veil of ignorance

  • Reading
    • Soto, Carlos (2012). "The Veil of Ignorance and Health Resource Allocation." Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 37(4): 387-404.

Tue

Apr 4

Personal responsibility

  • Reading
    • Wikler, Daniel (2004). "Personal and Social Responsibility for Health." In Public Health, Ethics, and Equity. Anand, Sudhir, Peter, Fabienne and Sen, Amartya. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 109-134.

Thu

Apr 6

Review

Tue

Apr 11

Paper Writing  Handout   Presentation

 

Thu

Apr 13

In Class Group Project: Challenging Argument Assignment

  • Assignment not due in class: See Deadline below.
  • You may use this assignment as groudwork for your final project, though you are not comitting yourself to anything at this stage.
  • Groups for this project are self-assigned (3 to 5 people).
    • Arrange your group ahead of time or join a group in class.
    • Option 1: The whole group may submit a joint assignment.
      • Include the name of every member of your group on your submission.
    • Option 2: You may form sub-groups (including sub-groups of one) that each submit their own assignment with the help of feedback from all group members.
  • Include the name of every member of your sub-group on your submission.

Sat

Apr 15

11:55pm

Deadline: Submission of Challenging Argument Assignment

Tue

Apr 18

Presentations

  • Victoria C & Kelsey S

Thu

Apr 20

Presentations

  • Lauren B x2 & Taylor M
  • Alexis G, Michaela S, & Ivy K

Tue

Apr 25

Presentations

  • Beth L & Shrey P
  • Claudia P, Kate S, & Erin M

Thu

Apr 27

Presentations

  • Kira M & Nicole S
  • Laura C, Eliza F, Olivia C, & Lexi LaP
  • Raaj S

Tue

May 2

Presentations

  • Zack S, Hannah W, & Seth B
  • Imogen T, Maddy R, & Kyle P

Thu

May 4

Discussion of projects

  • Optional: come along if you want to talk about your first version.

Fri

May 5

11:55pm

Deadline: Abstract & Editorial, first version

  • Submit initial abstract & editorial in one document.
    • Max 1000 words (150 for abstract).
    • Don't forget to check assignment details and follow paper submission requirements!

Tue

May 9

Individual discussion of papers

Thu

May 11

Individual discussion of papers

Tue

May 16

Review: Optional

  • Attend if you have last minute questions about your paper.

Wed

May 17

11:55pm

Deadine: Abstract & Editorial, final version

  • Submit final abstract & editorial in one document.
    • Max 1000 words (150 for abstract).
    • Don't forget to check assignment details and follow paper submission requirements!