Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Ethics for Health Professions and Ethical Dilemmas

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Health Sciences

DESCRIPTION This study-unit starts off with an overview of ethical theory and moral principles relevant to health care and then goes on to discuss a number of health cares issues and dilemmas related to antenatal, neonatal, pediatric, psychiatric, end of life and geriatric care.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to help students understand how various ethical theories can be used in health care decision making. By presenting a number of ethical dilemmas in various health care settings, it also aims to engage students' critical thinking skills, showing how the ethical decision making framework presented in the first part of the study-unit could be useful in resolving ethical dilemmas.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- explain the main ethical theories and moral principles;
- understand how these can be usefully applied in health care;
- recognise the various issues and dilemmas which present themselves in various health care settings; and
- understand how to apply and ethical decision making framework to arrive at a considered opinion and resolution of such dilemmas.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- engage critically in debates on current and topical ethical dilemmas;
- address ethical issues in a professional way;
- reflect on their own moral dilemmas in their own field of practice;
- demonstrate an ability to identify ethical issues in a particular scenario; and
- demonstrate an ability to think and write critically.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Armstrong A, (2007), Nursing Ethics: A virtue based approach, Palgrave Macmillan.
Cauchi, M. (2003) Ethical issues in practice for nurses, midwives and family medicine. Malta: Bioethics Consultative Committee.
Council of Europe, Convention of Human Rights and Biomedicine (1997) (online)
Devettere, R.J. (2010) Practical Decision Making in Health Care Ethics: Cases and Concepts. (3rd Edition). Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press. [Required text].
Foster, I.R, Lasser, J., & Lasser, J. (2010) Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice. Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Fry, S.T. anston, M-J. ( 2002) Ethics in nursing practice : a guide to ethical decision making. (2nd Edition) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Holm, S. (1997) Ethical problems in clinical practice : the ethical reasoning of health care professionals. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
United Nations (1948) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (online)

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Case Study (Take Home) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Raymond Zammit

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