20 credits at level HE7
This module aims to explore issues in medical ethics at a deeper level than is found in undergraduate courses on the subject. It will investigate underlying issues to do with the nature of truth, science, objectivity, fact and value. It will look at contrasting views of the nature of ethics and different ideas about solving ethical problems. It will explore how metaphysics can affect basic questions relating to health and social care: the question of what it is to be human, to have human needs and human health, and the question of what it is to have a good birth, a good life, and a good death.
1. Truth, objectivity, science and scientific method, ideology, fact, value. 2. MacIntyre on the "modern muddle" in ethics and politics and reason. Rorty on the "not so muddled " conception of modernity and postmodernity. 3. Metaphysics, Medicine and Society: humanity, needs, rights, health, happiness. The good life, the good birth, the good death. Practical implications for social and medical practice and policy.
1.Lectures. 2. thematic seminars. 3. Tutorials. 4. Student paper, 5000 words. 5. Student presentations.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Possess critical grasp of material outlined in syllabus||Write a 5000 word paper on a negotiated topic|
|2.||Show ability to present orally a themed topic in aconcise, structured and engaging way||10 minute oral presentation|
|3.||Show ability to respond to critical questions and comments on a themed topic||5 minutes of questioning from tutor and other students|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Chalmers, A.F. What Is This Thing Called Science?
Davidson, D. Inquiries Into Truth and Interpretation
Fuller, M. Making Sense of MacIntyre
MacIntyre,A. After Virtue
MacIntyre, A. Whose Justice? Which Rationality?
MacIntyre, A. Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry
MacIntyre, A. Dependent Rational Animals: Why Human Beings Need the Virtues
Mclellan, D. Ideology
Robinson, J. et al. Interdisciplinary Perspectives On Health Policy and Practice
Rorty, R. Objectivity, Relativism and Truth
Stevenson, L. Seven theories of Human Nature
|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
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