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BIOETHICS AND RELATED COURSES, Spring 2015

This is a partial, rough-cut list of bioethics minor-related courses for the upcoming Spring semester.  The courses are arranged according to our grid of minor requirements. If anyone spots a relevant course on SIS that is not listed below, please contact Prof. Arras at jda3a@virginia.edu.

 

Notes:  Prof. Stangl is not listed for “Philosophy of Life and Death” next term, so it appears we won’t be able to offer a bioethics course at the intro level.  Sorry about that.

 

Note also that we are now offering two bioethics internship seminars!  As usual, we offer RELG 4023 Bioethics Internship Seminar, which places students in clinical internships.  From Spring ’14 on, this seminar will be led by Prof. Mary Faith Marshall from the Bioethics Center / Medical School. 

 

We are also offering a new internship seminar for bioethics policy studies:  RELG 4559 New Course in Religious Studies:  Bioethics Policy Internship.  This will be team taught by Profs. Margaret Mohrmann and Lois Shepherd, a professor of law and bioethics.  Both of these internships are limited to ten students.  See below for details.

 

This Spring lineup unfortunately offers a very limited number of core bioethics electives.  There’s just “Reproductive Ethics” and “Genes, Nature, and Justice” at the 3000 level, and the above two seminars at the 4000 level.  If you’re a 2nd or 3rd year student and you have trouble gaining admission to these courses, you might try to complete your “ethics/political theory” requirements next term, since we have a lot of courses on offer under this rubric.

 

I’m currently checking with the folks in the Public Health MPH program to see which of their courses might be available to undergrads.  Prof. Childress reports that he will be co-teaching “Public Health Ethics” (a core elective) with Prof. Bernheim, but we don’t yet know exactly where and when.  Stay tuned.

JDA

 

INTRODUCTORY BIOETHICS COURSE:

No courses available next term.

 

BIOLOGY REQUIREMENT 

Students may take the following course or, with AP Biology credits in hand, take any Biology course at or above the 300 level.

 

BIOL 2020 Introduction to Biology: Organismal and Evolutionary Biology   10821 001 Lecture (3 Units) Open 0 / 530 Mark Kopeny 

 

ETHICAL / POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY REQUIREMENT:

One course under this two-course requirement must be in ethics, as opposed to political philosophy; and one must be at the 300 level or higher. (*=ethics credit.)

 

*Personhood 14670 002 Lecture (3 Units) Open 0 / 20 Matthew Tirrigan TuTh 11:00AM - 12:15 PM Cocke Hall (Tirrigan is an advanced grad student).

 

*PHIL 1730 Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy   19538 100 Lecture (3 Units) Open 0 / 180 Loren Lomasky MoWe 2:00PM - 2:50 PM Wilson Hall  

 

*PHIL 3710  Ethics 15975 001Lecture (3 Units) Open / 30 William Hasselberger MoWe 3:30PM - 4:45 PM Cocke Hall.  (Hasselberger is a newly minted UVa PHD.  Excellent instructor)

 

PHIL 5560 Seminar on a Political Philosophy

Topic    International Political Phil 20292 001 Seminar (3 Units) Open 0 / 15 Sahar Akhtar Tu 3:30PM - 6:00 PM New Cabell Hall

 

PLPT 1010 Introduction to Political Theory   19624 100 Lecture (3 Units) Open 0 / 240 Colin Bird MoWe 9:00AM - 9:50AM Nau Hall

 

PLPT 3020 Modern Political Thought   11630 100 Lecture (3 Units) Open 0 / 120 Stephen White MoWeFr 1:00PM - 1:50PM Gilmer Hall

 

*PLPT 4130 Global Ethics   19627 001 Seminar (3 Units) Open / 18 Jennifer Rubenstein, Wed 1:00PM - 3:30PM New Cabell Hall

 

 

 

BIOETHICS ELECTIVES:  The Minor requires 3 electives, at least 2 of which must be in the core category:

 

            CORE ELECTIVES:

 

PHIL 3780 Reproductive Ethics   19559 001 Lecture (3 Units) Open 0 / 30 John Arras TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM Cocke Hall 115

 

PHIL 3651 Genes, Nature and Justice   15974 001 Lecture (3 Units) Open / 30 Sahar Akhtar TuTh 11:00AM - 12:15PM Cocke Hall 115  

 

RELG 4023 Bioethics Internship Seminar   15342 001 Seminar (3 Units) Open / 12 Mary Marshall Th 3:30PM - 6:00PM Cocke Hall 101 (Instructor permission:  Admission thru application process.  For details, see http://www.bioethics.virginia.edu/internships)

 

RELG 4559 New Course in Religious Studies:  Bioethics Policy Internship 19681 001 Seminar (1 - 4 Units) Open 0 / 20 Margaret Mohrmann and Lois Shepherd Tu 3:30PM - 6:00PM New Cabell Hall 232 (Instructor permission:  Admission thru application process.  *See below for complete course details and application information)

 

 

            RELATED ELECTIVES:

Only one related elective course will count towards the 3 required electives.  Such courses are either freestanding -- i.e., they don’t need to be paired with a core elective course (E.g., Medical Anthropology), or they must be paired with a core elective in order to count (e.g., Health Economics should be paired with a core elective like Justice & Health Care).  If in doubt, contact Prof. Arras.

 

 

                        Freestanding electives:

ANTH 2280 Medical Anthropology   14172 001 Lecture (3 Units) Open 0 / 60 Carrie Douglass TuTh 11:00AM - 12:15 PM Maury Hall 115

 

RELG 2210 Religion, Ethics, and the Environment   15325 100 Lecture (3 Units) Open / 120 Willis Jenkins MonWed 11:00AM - 11:50AM McLeod Hall 1020

 

RELG 2630 Business, Ethics, and Society (several sections)

 

RELG 3485 Moral Leadership   15217 001 Seminar (3 Units) Open / 25 John Portmann MoWe 2:00PM - 3:15PM Gibson Hall 342

 

RELG 5559 New Course in Religion: Suffering 20327 002 Seminar (1 - 4 Units) Open / 20 Jennifer Geddes Th 2:00PM - 4:30PM New Cabell Hall

 

SOC 3700 Health and Society   20528 001 Lecture (3 Units) Open / 35 Miranda Waggoner TuTh 12:30PM - 1:45PM New Cabell Hall 132

 

                        Paired electives:

BIOL 4250 Human Genetics   10850 001 Lecture (3 Units) Open 0 / 60 Claire Cronmiller TuTh 2:00PM - 3:15PM Gilmer Hall 141

(Should be paired with Reproductive Ethics)

 

PLIR 3310 Ethics and Human Rights in World Politics   11609 100 Lecture (3 Units) Open 0 / 240 Michael Smith MoWe 12:00PM - 12:50PMNau Hall 101

(Should be paired with “Justice & Health Care” or some other justice related course (e.g., Rubenstein’s “Global Ethics”)

 

SOC 2052 Sociology of the Family   14182 100 Lecture (3 Units) Open 0 / 240 Allison Pugh MoWe 11:00AM - 11:50AM Wilson Hall 402

(Should be paired with Reproductive Ethics

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*Spring '15, Bioethics Internship Seminar: Health Policy and Administration -- Profs. Mohrmann and Shepherd

 Listed as RELG 4559 and as PHSE 4500 (PHSE 7500 for graduate students). Undergraduates should register for EITHER RELG 4559 OR PHSE 4500.

 This internship/seminar is designed for fourth-year undergraduate students who have declared a minor or interdisciplinary major in bioethics or have significant course background in ethics, as well as for graduate students in any discipline who are pursuing studies in or relevant to health policy and/or administration. It is designed to provide students with experience in discerning and analyzing ethical issues as they arise in healthcare institutions in regard to policy making and implementation and to other organizational issues. Each student spends several hours a week in the UVA medical center under the mentorship of an administrator engaged in some facet of the institution's operation. Seminar time focuses on the students' observations and analyses of particular ethical issues that arise in their placements. Each student chooses an observed ethical issue to analyze for a final project, which is presented to the class and written up as the term paper.

Admittance is by instructor permission, based on an emailed request detailing (1) relevant courses taken and grades earned and (2) reasons for wishing to take the course, including how it may fit into the student's future academic and career trajectory. Send enrollment requests to Prof. Margaret Mohrmann (mem7e) and Prof. Lois Shepherd (lls4b).  DUE DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS Monday, November 3.  We hope to finalize enrollment roughly a week later so you will know your status before registration begins. 

NOTE: RELG 4023, Bioethics Internship Seminar, continues to be offered, now under the leadership of Prof. Mary Faith Marshall, director of clinical ethics in the medical center. That course will focus, as it has in the past, on issues in clinical ethics, directly involving patient care. Students may take both RELG 4559 and RELG 4023, if admitted, but NOT during the same semester. 

Placement opportunities for the internship in health policy and administration may include such areas as the bed allocation center, IRB, hospital legal council, quality performance improvement (patient safety), accreditation oversight, credentialing and error oversight, risk management, revenue and debt collection services, upper-level medical center administration, administration of units within the medical center (e.g., cancer center, transitional care hospital). 

All students who enroll in this course, regardless of placement, MUST have up-to-date immunization against flu before beginning the internship.

And here is more detailed information:

 

PHSE 4500/7500 – BIOETHICS INTERNSHIP SEMINAR: HEALTH POLICY & ADMINSTRATION

Course Directors: 

Lois Shepherd, JD, Wallenborn Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Professor of Public

                                    Health Sciences, Professor of Law – 982-3970; lls4b@virginia.edu

Margaret E. Mohrmann, MD, PhD, Professor of  Pediatrics and Medical Education,

                                    Associate Professor of Religious Studies – 243-3937; mem7e@virginia.edu

Purpose:

                  The Bioethics Internship in Health Policy and Administration is designed for University of Virginia students who have studied the ethics of healthcare at some depth and for whom the internship experience fits within their academic and career intentions. It is open to graduate students in law, nursing, and other relevant fields as well as to well-prepared fourth-year undergraduate students. The course enables students to spend time in administrative settings within the UVA Medical Center as “participant-observers,” in order to gain first-hand experience of the subject matter that is the focus of the theory, teaching, and practice of bioethics in relation to the organization and operation of healthcare institutions. Direct exposure to the workings of inpatient and outpatient healthcare and to the clinical and administrative professionals who create and implement operational policies—in short, to the structure and enterprise of organized healthcare—should allow students to see, at least in part, what sorts of ethical issues are characteristic of the enterprise in general and of their placement setting in particular; how, and perhaps why, those issues arise; whether, how, and by whom they are recognized, categorized, and dealt with; in what ways current ethical theory is helpful in approaching the issues or falls short; and what role an ethicist might play within that setting.

Student Role and Expectations:

                  Each student is expected to spend 3-4 hours a week in the assigned placement. For some settings, this may best be done as one half-day each week, but often students find it helpful to vary the time of the week—even including weekends and evenings—they are present in order to observe different activities and talk with a greater variety of participants. The student’s mentor is generally responsible for arranging the experience (where to be, what to do, whom to work with in any given session); the student, however, should also be prepared to take some initiative in these arrangements, including being willing to venture into areas with little more than permission and an introduction from the mentor.

Students may, on occasion, be asked to help with routine tasks, like clerical work, that are within their competence. Participation in the work of the setting will make the student feel less awkward and will facilitate the task of observation. However, no student should perform work that he or she does not feel prepared or competent to do, especially if the task is part of patient care. It is always appropriate to ask for adequate instruction before agreeing to do a job, and for assurance that it is permissible for a non-professional to do.

Regular attendance at the course’s weekly two-hour seminar is expected, as are completion of assigned readings and participation in seminar discussion. Each student will make a 20-minute presentation to the class on the topic that will be the subject of the final paper; the student’s mentor will attend the presentation to help field questions. The student should work out with the mentor in the first week or so of the semester which presentation date is mutually convenient, in order to accommodate the mentor’s schedule.

Students will receive Medical Center photo-ID badges at the beginning of the semester. These should always be worn in the clinical setting. They are good only for the duration of the semester and must be returned or destroyed at the end of the semester. Badges should be used only when the student is engaged in activities under the specific direction of the mentor or the course instructor; the badges do not authorize students’ presence in the hospital or emergency room outside of course activities.

Student interns are bound by the same obligations of confidentiality and professionalism that apply to all employees of the medical center. These constraints are discussed in detail at the first class session of the semester. Each student must successfully complete a web-based training module about confidentiality and protection of information before beginning the course.

Mentor Role and Expectations:

                  The mentor for the clinical experience is the student’s primary contact within the placement. Although the practical experience need not be under the mentor’s direct supervision each week, the mentor is responsible for arranging where the student is to be and whom he or she is to work with or observe at each session. The mentor may ask the student to participate in making these arrangements (e.g., to contact someone about attending a certain conference), but the student will need the mentor’s assistance in navigating the complex world of healthcare, and will usually also need the mentor’s introduction so that other workers understand and accept the student’s role. We encourage mentors to provide students with a variety of exposures, to different professionals and diverse aspects of the work within their field.

                  The mentor should meet with the student on a regular basis—we suggest at least once a month, if the mentor is not working directly with the student each week—to check progress, debrief, and offer explanations about specific organizational matters. The mentor is not expected to be an expert in or a teacher of ethics, but should be willing to engage in discussions with the student, explaining the mentor’s or the institution’s approaches to issues identified by the student.

                  The mentor should suggest appropriate readings for the student, to introduce him or her to the setting and demonstrate the sorts of issues that arise for administrators in that area of operations. We also ask the mentor to assist the student in distinguishing questions and/or issues that may be worth exploring for the student’s presentation and final paper—perhaps unresolved questions that the mentor finds particularly complicated, troubling, or intractable.

                  Mentors are asked to attend the seminar class session at which their student presents their ongoing investigation of the chosen topic. It is very useful to the student and to the class as a whole to have mentors present to help answer questions, explain details of policies, and share their experienced perspective on the matters under discussion.

                  At the close of the semester, the mentor will be asked to participate in evaluating the student for the semester grade. 35% of the final grade is based on the student’s participation in the seminar discussions and in the clinical setting. The mentor is asked to comment primarily on the student’s attendance, involvement, interest, and attitude (not on their intelligence or ethical expertise).

 

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BIOETHICS AND RELATED COURSES, FALL 2014

This is a partial list of bioethics minor-related courses for the upcoming Fall semester.  The courses are arranged according to our grid of minor requirements.  A more complete listing, including some course descriptions, will soon be available on our website at:  www.bioethics.virginia.edu.   If anyone spots a relevant course in the COD that is not listed below, please contact Prof. Arras at jda3a@virginia.edu.  

 

INTRODUCTORY BIOETHICS COURSE:

 

RELG 2650

Theology, Ethics, and Medicine

James Childress

MWF 11 - 11:50 AM

Wilson Hall 402

 

 

BIOLOGY REQUIREMENT 

Students may take any one of the following courses or, with AP Biology credits in hand, take any Biology course at or above the 300 level.

 

BIOL 1050

Genetics for an Informed Citizen

Paul Adler

MWF 2 – 2:50 PM

Gilmer Hall 190

 

BIOL 1210:  Human Biology and Disease

Sandra Seidel

MWF 9 - 9:50 AM

Gilmer 190

 

BIOL 2010

Introduction to Biology: Cell Biology and Genetics

David Kittlesen

MWF 11 - 11:50 AM

Chemistry Bldg 402

 

 

ETHICAL / POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY REQUIREMENT:

One course under this two-course requirement must be in ethics, as opposed to political philosophy; and one must be at the 300 level or higher. (*=ethics credit.)

 

*RELC 3447

History of Christian Ethics

Margaret Mohrmann

TuTh 9:30 - 10:45 AM

Dell 2 103

 

*RELC 5158

History of Christian Ethics

Margaret Mohrmann

W 3:30-6 PM

Gibson 241

 

*PHIL 1730

Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy

Rebecca Stangl

MW 10 - 10:50 AM

Wilson 301

 

*PHIL 2510-002

Well Being

Elizabeth Barnes

TuTh 2 – 3:15 PM

Cocke 115

 

PHIL 2770

Political Philosophy

Loren Lomasky

MW 1 - 1:50 PM

Maury Hall 104

 

PHIL 2510

Democracy and Membership

Sahar Akhtar

Tu 3:30 – 6 PM

Cocke 101

 

*PHIL 3720

Contemporary Ethics

Rebecca Stangl

TuTh 11 – 12:15 PM

Ruffner 177

 

PLPT 4130

Global Ethics

Jennifer Rubenstein

Tu 3:30 - 6 PM

Cabell 485

 

 

BIOETHICS ELECTIVES:  The Minor requires 3 electives, at least 2 of which must be in the core category:

 

            CORE ELECTIVES:

 

RELG 4023

Bioethics Internship Seminar

Seminar (3 Units)

Margaret Mohrmann

Mon 3:30 – 6 PM

Gibson 141

(Instructor permission.  Enrollment by application only.  Applications due March 28.  Contact Prof. Arras if you haven’t yet received relevant information via email to the listserve.

 

PHIL 3650

Justice and Health Care

John Arras

TuTh 9:30 - 10:45 AM

Cabell 132

 

PHIL 3652

Animals and Ethics

Sahar Akhtar

TuTh 11 - 12:15 PM

Cocke 115

 

PHIL 4500

Neuroethics

Donna Chen and John Arras

Tu 5:15 – 7:45 PM

Barringer 5382

 

PHS 5050

Public Health Law, Ethics, & Policy

Ruth Bernheim

W 10 - 12:30 PM

TBA

 

 

 

            RELATED ELECTIVES:

Only one related elective course will count towards the 3 required electives.  Such courses are either freestanding -- i.e., they don’t need to be paired with a core elective course (E.g., Medical Anthropology), or they must be paired with a core elective in order to count (e.g., Health Economics should be paired with a core elective like Justice & Health Care).  If in doubt, contact Prof. Arras.

 

 

                        Freestanding electives:

 

ANTH 3590

Death and Dying

Gertrude Fraser

TuTh 11 - 12:15 PM

CMNE G120

 

RELG 2630

Business, Ethics, and Society

(Offered via several small sections at different times and places.  See SIS for complete list.)

 

RELG 3820

Global Ethics and Climate Change

Willis Jenkins

TuTh 2 - 3:15 PM

Gibson 341

 

ENSP 3610

Narratives of Illness and Doctoring

Marcia Childress

TuTh 3:30 - 4:45 PM

Bryan 328

 

 

                        Paired electives:

 

PLIR 4310

Global Health and Human Rights

Michael Smith

We 7 - 9:30 PM

Cabell 036

(Should be paired with courses relating to justice and health care.)

 

PHS 2050

Intro to Public Health

Aaron Pannone

MW 3:30 - 4:45 PM

Dell 1 103

(Should be paired with courses relating to justice and health care.)

 

PHS 5090

Health Care Economics

Tanya Wanchek

TuTh 12:30 - 1:45 PM

TBA

(Should be paired with courses relating to justice and health care.)

 

SOC 2052

Sociology of the Family

William Wilcox

MW 12 – 12:50 PM

Minor 125

(Should be paired with Reproductive Ethics)