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 6

Intro: General introduction

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

Thu

Feb 8

Intro: Argument

  • Arguments: good, bad and ugly.   Handout   Presentation
  • Reading

Tue

Feb 13

Intro: Ethical theories  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Feb 15

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. (UD Library.)
    • Rulli, T., et al. (2012). "The moral duty to buy health insurance." JAMA 308(2): 137-138. (UD Library.)
  • Presentation
    • What's Not to Like about Universal Healthcare?  Handout   Presentation

Tue

Feb 20

Markets: Healthcare markets

  • Reading
    • Do some web-research to form an uderstanding of what people mean by 'free market', 'perfect competition', 'pareto efficient / optimal', and 'market failure'.
  • Presentations
    • Healthcare markets and market failures.  Handout   Presentation
    • The hazards of insurance.  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Feb 22

10:45am

In Class Group Project: Bad Argument Assignment

 

 

Tue

Feb 27

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. (UD Library.)
    • 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 1

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. (UD Library.)

Tue

Mar 6

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. (UD Library.)

Wed

Mar 7

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 8

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 13

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. (ViaCanvas@UD.)

Thu

Mar 15

Rawls: Rawls on justice

Tue

Mar 20

Rawls: Justice in healthcare

  • Reading
    • Daniels, Norman (2001). "Justice, Health, and Health Care." American Journal of Bioethics 1(2): 2-16. (UD Library.)

Wed

Mar 21

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 22

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. (UD Library.)

Tue

Apr 3

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. (ViaCanvas@UD.)

Thu

Apr 5

Review

Tue

Apr 10

Paper Writing  Handout   Presentation

 

Thu

Apr 12

Mutual Aid and Comfort Class

  • Group Work
    • Form groups of 2 or 3 to work on your focused exegesis and preliminary abstract assignment.
    • If you plan to work in a group for your final paper, that should be your group for this task.
    • If you plan to work alone for you final paper it is best, though not essential, to team up with someone else working on the same topic, or at least a related topic.
    • See the assignment details for for guidance on where this is heading.

Tue

Apr 17

Presentations

  • Casey Polasko
  • Lindsey McAleer
  • Maya Kofosky & Brianna Wolfle
  • Morgan Tallo & Sheyla Artiga
  • Ryan Cummings

Thu

Apr 19

Presentations

  • Jacob Duggan
  • Marshal Mercado
  • Brent Meyer

Tue

Apr 24

Presentations

  • Chrissy Coon
  • Amanda Bagnell & Stephanie Perez
  • Megan Muench & Esther Fuzayl
  • Riley Lust
  • Alana Healy & Kristin Schaedel

Thu

Apr 26

Presentations

  • Brianna Anderson, Dietrich Loeffler, & Andres Castillo
  • Jacob Jones
  • Asia Coleman & Devon McGinn
  • Emaline Reyes

Tue

May 1

Presentations

  • Joanne Croce
  • Sarah Durham & Stephanie Caggiano
  • Fatima Tahir
  • Maryjane Crowley

Thu

May 3

Discussion of projects

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

Fri

May 4

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 8

Individual discussion of papers

Thu

May 10

Individual discussion of papers

Tue

May 15

Review: Optional

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

Wed

May 16

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!