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Undergraduate Course: Social and Ethical Aspects of Medicine (BIME10013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides aims to develop students┐ understanding of the social aspects and ethical dimensions of medicine. We shall examine how issues of life and death are shaped by contemporary medicine and biotechnology, and their implications for individual patients, their families and society at large. We will also study ethical principles significant for relationships between patients and healthcare professionals in the context of an increasingly diverse society. Specific areas of interest include reproductive medicine, care for patients with chronic illness, end of life care, genetics and biotechnology, medical research, and issues of social justice and global health.
Course description Co Course Organiser: Kenneth Boyd and Lydie Fialova
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Course books x2
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 30 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) ICA: An interview with health professional or health service user as the basis of a reflective report (1300 words) on social and ethical dimensions of healthcare experience ┐ 30% (October);

Research paper (1300 words) on a chosen topic answering a question: ┐Is it ethical to ... Why or why not?┐ This will demand a coherent and consistent analysis of an ethical dilemma in the light of various theoretical frameworks and will entail independent identification of relevant material ┐ 30% (November);

Participation including class presentation ┐ 10%

Final exam: ┐ 30% Students are required to answer two from a choice of six questions. Answers will entail some synthesis of material introduced during different parts of the course.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Social and Ethical Aspects of Medicine2:00
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students should have developed a critical understanding of the following and ability to apply them in a variety of contexts related to health and medicine:
Social influences on how health and illness are experienced and medical care provided;
Theoretical concepts of social science and philosophy relevant for understanding the role of medicine in contemporary society;
Principles of medical ethics and forms of moral reasoning
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsMedicine, ethics, social science
Contacts
Course organiserMs Judith Sim
Tel:
Email: jsim1@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Lisa Ketchion
Tel: (0131 6)51 1629
Email: Lisa.Ketchion@ed.ac.uk
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