Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Clinical Health Care Ethics
Course: HCR210

First Term: 2015 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Course Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: An introduction to health care ethics with emphasis on analysis and ethical decision making at both the clinical and health policy levels for health care professionals. Theoretical foundation of bioethics reviewed within historical and contemporary contexts.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the nature of contemporary ethical issues in health care. (I)
2. Examine one`s own personal values as they relate to bioethical/health issues. (II)
3. Describe the relationship among personal, professional, and societal values as they pertain to one`s professional role and ethical conflicts. (III)
4. Compare major tenets of selected theoretical ethical perspectives. (IV)
5. Identify the significance of fundamental ethical principles within the therapeutic relationship. (IV)
6. Describe the purpose of codes of professional ethics. (V)
7. Explore the meaning a code of professional ethics has for one`s professional role and practice. (VI)
8. Examine selected ethical issues in health care, demonstrating use of critical thinking skills. (VI)
9. Demonstrate use of a process of clinical ethical decision making. (VII)
10. Articulate the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in ethical decision making. (VII)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Ethics in Context
   A. Understanding the Language of Ethics: Definitions and Meanings of Terms
   B. Nature of Ethical Issues: Historical, Contemporary, Futuristic Perspectives
   C. Ethical Pattern of Knowing (Carper)
II. Values
   A. Personal
   B. Professional
   C. Societal
   D. Values Clarification
III. Moral Reasoning
   A. Kohlberg
   B. Gilligan
IV. Ethical Theory
   A. Levels of Theory
   B. Theoretical Perspectives
      1. Principle-Based
      2. Case-Based
      3. Other Selected Perspectives
V. Codes of Professional Ethics
   A. Purpose
   B. Exemplars of Professional Codes (e.g., Nursing, Medicine, Psychology, Social Work)
VI. Ethical Issues
   A. Client-Centered
   B. Peer/Profession-Centered
   C. Society-Centered
VII. Ethical Decision Making
   A. Process for Ethical Decision Making
   B. Influence of Client, Profession, and Societal Values on Ethical Decision Making
   C. Resources for the Process (e.g., Ethics Conferences, Institutional Ethics Committee)

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: April 28, 2015

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