Philosophy of Medicine (BETH5102)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit of study introduces some key philosophical questions and debates concerning medicine and the biomedical sciences. It is divided into three sections. The first explores key concepts and distinctions such as health, disease, mental illness and disability. The second section deals with topics that lie at the heart of a scientific approach to medicine, namely, causation, experimentation, evidence and clinical reasoning. The final section of the course invites students to reflect critically on the preceding section by exploring the rationality claims of non-orthodox approaches, by inquiring closely into the meaning of medical terms, and by taking a broad view of the notion of risk. All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.

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Classes

12x2hr seminars or Distance Education (online).

Assessment

1x1200wd short written exercise (30%); 1x3000-4000wd major essay (60%); participation in seminars or online (10%)

Textbooks

Students are provided with a book of readings (in digital format). Supplementary readings can be accessed through the library or online.

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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