PHIL 227
Death and Dying
Last Offered Fall 2017
Division II Writing Skills
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

In this course we will examine traditional philosophical approaches to understanding death and related concepts, with a special focus on the ethical concerns surrounding death and care for the dying. We will begin with questions about how to define death, as well as reflections on its meaning and function in human life. We will move on to examine ethical issues of truth-telling with terminally ill patients and their families, decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatments, the care of seriously ill newborns, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, and posthumous interests. In addition to key concepts of death, dying, and terminal illness, we will develop and refine notions of medical futility, paternalism and autonomy, particularly within the context of advance directives and surrogate decision making.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 15-19
Class#: 1422
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class attendance and participation, periodic short essays (3 or 4 total, 2-3 pages each), two mid-length papers (5-7 pages and 7-10 pages, respectively); possible experiential learning component
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: PHIL majors, PHLH and STS concentrators, and students with curricular need for the course.
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: Students will write periodic short papers (2-3 pages each), a midterm paper (5-7 pages) and a final paper (7-10 pages). Short papers focus on concepts, arguments, and writing skills needed in the midterm and final papers, in which students are expected to describe and evaluate arguments from assigned readings, and to present clear and effective arguments in support of their own ethical positions. Students receive feedback on all papers and have the opportunity to revise midterm and final papers.
Attributes: PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses
PHLH Bioethics + Interpretations of Health

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