The focus of this introductory week is to expose students to ethical theory and principles, but to dig deep into Virtue Ethics and Principlism, and the critiques of these two approaches given their uses and misuses in ethical deliberation. Read the following: Traditional and Contemporary Hippocratic Oath:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/hippocratic-oath-today.html also review the Bioethics Handbook (Unit 1 in Springboard) to think about the following questions:
- What should be the role of ethics in legal matters and practices?
- How might ethical principles be smiliar to laws and regulations? How do they differ?
- What role does Virtue have in professionalism and ethics in the clinical setting?
- What are the benefits and burdens of Codes of Ethics? How should they be enforceable?
- What are the limits to our obligations? Should the duty to treat be absolute?
- Are legal exceptions to a duty to treat warranted? Why or why not?
How does Principlism compare to Narrative Ethics? In answering this question, be sure to read the articles, "Narrative in Ethics" and "Principlism or Narrative Ethics" under the section "Therapeutic Relationship" (Unit 1) in Springboard.