Timetable

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

Tue

Feb 6

General Introduction

  • Essential philosophical skills.  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Feb 8

Intro: Arguments

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

Tue

Feb 13

Intro: Ethics

  • Ethical theories  Handout   Presentation

 

Thu

Feb 15

The Survival Lottery  Handout   Presentation

  • Reading
    • John Harris, 'The Survival Lottery.' (Ch.49, pp.437-)

Tue

Feb 20

12:15pm

In Class Group Project 1:
'Survival Lottery' Abstract

  • 150 word max: Strictly enforced
  • Groups assigned in class

Thu

Feb 22

Review of 'Survival Lottery' abstract

Is there a duty to die?

Sun

Feb 25

11:55pm

Quiz 1: OnCanvas@UD

Tue

Feb 27

Limits of patient autonomy

  • Reading
    • Ronald Dworkin, 'Life Past Reason.' (Ch.35, pp.333-)

Thu

Mar 1

12:15pm

In Class Group Project 2:
The Bad Argument Assignment

  • Groups assigned in class

Tue

Mar 6

Euthanasia 1

  • Reading
    • James Rachels, 'Active and Passive Euthanasia.' (Ch.24, pp.248-)

Thu

Mar 8

Euthanasia 2

Sun

Mar 11

11:55pm

Quiz 2: OnCanvas@UD

Tue

Mar 13

Abortion 1

  • The abortion debate  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Mar 15

Abortion 2

  • Reading
    • Judith Jarvis Thomson, 'A Defense of Abortion.' (Ch.3, pp.38-)  Handout   Presentation

Tue

Mar 20

Abortion 3

  • Reading
    • Don Marquis, 'Why Abortion is Immoral.' (Ch.4, pp.49-)  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Mar 22

Performance enhancing drugs (To May 1)

  • Reading
    • Julian Savulescu et al, 'Why We Should Allow Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport.' (On the web)

Sun

Mar 25

11:55pm

Quiz 3: OnCanvas@UD

Tue

Apr 3

US healthcare

  • Presentation
    • What's Not to Like about Universal Healthcare?  Handout   Presentation
  • Reading
    • Peter Singer, 'Why We Must Ration Health Care.' (On the web)

Thu

Apr 5

Medical Error

Tue

Apr 10

Gene Engineering

  • Reading
    • Nick Bostrom, 'In Defense of Posthuman Dignity.' (Ch.20, pp.208-)`

Sun

Apr 11

11:55pm

Quiz 4: OnCanvas@UD

Thu

Apr 12

Selection for disability

  • Reading
    • Mark Greene & Steve Augello, 'Everworse: What's wrong with selecting for disability?' (ViaCanvas@UD.)

Tue

Apr 17

Student Choice Topic Selection

Research on Human Subjects 1

Thu

Apr 19

Research on Human Subjects 2

  • Readings
    • Samuel Hellman, 'The Patient and the Public Good.' (Ch.52, pp.466-)

Sun

Apr 22

11:55pm

Quiz 5: OnCanvas@UD

Tue

Apr 24

12:15pm

In Class Group Project 3:
The Consent Form Assignment

  • Groups assigned in class

Thu

Apr 26

Machine Learning in Medicine

  • Reading
    • Alison Darcy et al, 'Machine Learning and the Profession of Medicine.' (Via Canvas@UD)

Tue

May 1

Performance enhancing drugs (From Mar 22)

  • Reading
    • Julian Savulescu et al, 'Why We Should Allow Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport.' (On the web)

Wed

May 2

11:55pm

Optional: The Bad Argument Assignment Redux

  • If you wish, you may submit a new version of the Bad Argument Assignment.
  • Individual submissions only - not a group project, though you are welcome to seek feedback from your colleagues.
  • Highest grade of the two Bad Argument Assignments counts.

Thu

May 3

12:15pm

Optional: In Class Extra Credit Project:
Wonks Vs. Fates Game

  • All will be revealed in class.

Tue

May 8

Selling Body Parts

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

Thu

May 10

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. (Via UD Library.)

Tue

May 15

Review: Optional

  • Attend if you have last minute questions about Quiz 6.

Wed

May 16

11:55pm

Quiz 6: OnCanvas@UD