This unit examines the biblical perspective on the value of human life and health care, considers the basic principles of Christian health ethics, the primacy of the person and the duty of reasonable care at every stage of human life, and moral principles relevant to the identity of Catholic hospitals. Topics covered include abortion, euthanasia, the withholding of treatment, HIV/AIDS, rape, the anencephalic foetus, transplants of donated organs, the allocation of scarce resources, prenatal diagnosis, treatments for infertility, and reproductive technology.
Articulate an understanding of how the Catholic bioethical principles are based on insights drawn from biblical texts, the Christian tradition, Catholic teaching and sound philosophical reasoning for the good of the human person.
Engage critically with arguments to support a Christian understanding of Bioethics and Healthcare Ethics in response to its secular critics.
Analyse and evaluate arguments for the moral inviolability of human life from conception to death, including cases of voluntary euthanasia.
Clarify the general ethical responsibilities of healthcare professionals in their dealings with patients and/or their children, born or unborn.
Apply Catholic ethical principles in a critical and nuanced manner to frequently occurring cases in the domain of assisted reproductive technology.
Evaluate why some medical treatments may be ordinary or morally obligatory in some circumstances, and not obligatory in different circumstances for other patients.
Assist others in a pastoral situation in making informed decisions on health-related issues in the light of Catholic teaching.
CT1100C; CT1110C; BS1001C; BS1002C
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1000-word equivalent tutorial presentation
1-hour written examination
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Jul, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-07-22 22:37:00 +1000