Spring 2012 WMU

biomedical ethics (PHIL 3340)

In this course, the ethical principles (respect for autonomy, non maleficence, beneficence justice) and other ethical concerns (e.g. privacy, confidentiality, compassion, relationships among patients and professionals) are studied and applied to contemporary problems in medicine and biomedical research. These problems include genetic testing and therapy; organ transplantation; decision-making regarding treatment and care at the end of life; research involving human subjects; and treatment issues in the AIDS epidemic. Case study methods are used.
Credits: 4 hours
This course satisfies General Education Area VII: Natural Science and Technology: Applications and Implications.
3340 Syllabus Spring 2012


A philosophical examination of principles and values underlying contemporary social issues. The course will focus on specific issues such as environmental concerns, animal rights, abortion, privacy, censorship, world hunger, economic justice, business ethics, violence, war, peace, and utopian ideals. Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
Credits: 3 hours
May be repeated for credit when topics vary. This course satisfies General Education Area II: Humanities.
3140 Syllabus Spring 2012