An early definition states that Bio-ethics is the "critical examination of the moral dimensions of decision-making in health-related contexts and in contexts involving the biological sciences”. (S. Gorovitz) This module explores the intersection between between scientific fields concerning life, medicine, biology, environment etc (Bio-ethics), the study of human moral conduct (Bio-ethics) and the Catholic Moral Tradition.
- Models of Nature, Technology and Medicine
- Ethical Theories as they apply to the field of Health Care
- Conscience and Moral Decision Making
- Key principles in bioethics and healthcare ethics: autonomy, beneficence, dignity.
- Current trends in healthcare: resource allocation, legal developments, cultural changes, codes of behaviour
- Contemporary Topical Issues.
- — Evaluate and display a critical awareness of current trends and issues in contemporary healthcare, clinical practice and bioethical research
- — Demonstrate a systematic understanding of a range of ethical theories and principles operating in the field of Health Care
- — Apply and appraise various frameworks for dealing with ethical problems, challenges and dilemmas in health care
- — Consider the resources proposed by spiritual practices and religious traditions, especially the Catholic tradition.
- — Arbuckle, G.A. Healthcare Ministry: Refounding the Ministry in Tumultuous Times. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000.
- — Ashley, Benedict M & O’Rourke, Kevin D., Health Care Ethics: A Theological Analysis, Catholic Health Association of US, 1997 [241.642 ASH]
- — Meilaender, Gilbert. Neither Beast nor God: The Dignity of the Human Persons. New York & London: New Atlantis Books: 2009.
- — Messer, Neil. Theological Issues in Bioethics: An Introduction with Readings. London: DLT, 2002.
- — O’Rourke, Kevin D and Phillip Boyle. Medical Ethics: Sources of Catholic Teachings. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1993. [MAIN 21.642 ORO ]
- — Shannon, Thomas A., An Introduction to Bioethics, (3rd Edn) [MAIN 174.2 SHA]
- — Sutton, Agneta. Christian Bioethics: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: T&T Clark, 2008.
- — Walter, James J & Shannon, Thomas A. Contemporary Issues in Bioethics: A Catholic Perspective. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.