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Course Overview

Ethics play an important role in healthcare, and need to be considered by health professionals and patients alike. On this course, you will get a practical introduction to ethics, and develop the reasoning skills needed to deal with ethical questions.

You will build your understanding of these issues by examining the ethics of prenatal screening for disabilities, like Down Syndrome and deafness. You will also gain an introduction to bioethics and the development of medical technologies to use in health services.

  • Ethical reasoning: method and application
  • Key concepts of healthcare ethics
  • The ethics of using technology to choose to have a child with a ‘disability’ (e.g. deafness) and the ethics of routine antenatal screening for Down Syndrome.
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By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Describe what ethics is and why it is useful to consider ethical issues
  • Develop confidence and skills in critical thinking and dealing with ethical questions
  • Assess the ethical issues around screening for and against disability with case studies considering Down Syndrome and Deafness
  • Discuss controversial ethical issues with sensitivity and respect