2017 BTHX Courses

Spring 2017 
January 17 – May 5

5000 Courses open to Juniors and Seniors.

New Course
BTHX 5000 Sec 001 Hot Topics in Medical Ethics in the Media (2 cr) *Including Human Rights, Public Policy and Clinical Care*
Wed 2:30-4:10 pm, Steven Miles, MD

This course is a closing lecture series of Professor Miles’ 42-year career in medical ethics with emphasis on the ethics as a socially aware and engaged multidisciplinary collaboration. It will touch on many topics in medical ethics that are at the forefront of healthcare and bioethics and that presently appear in the media. Open to Jr, Sr, Grad, Professional Students

WEEKLY TOPICS:
Bioweapons Made by Doctors?•Choice and Privacy•Conscientious Objection to Requests for Reproductive Healthcare•Dying•Euthanasia-Futility and Assisted Suicide•Gender: Access to Health Care and in Right to Die Court Cases•Health Care Access: US in the Developed World•Hippocrates Genesis of Medicine and Informed Consent•Malthus, Morris and Climate Change•Nazis and Torture Doctors•Prisoners and Terrorists•Race and Immigrants: Not my problem?•Refugee Camp Medicine and Complex Emergencies•Vaccines: A Duty to Serve Public Health?•What is Biomedical Ethics?

New Course
BTHX 5000 Sec 002 Ethics of New Technologies in Healthcare Delivery (2 cr)
Tues 3-4:40 pm, Hans DeRuiter, PhD

This course is intended for students who work with healthcare technologies to deliver patientcare. This includes technology, healthcare administration, medical, nursing and other healthcare related professions. It will introduce students to the main philosophies and ethics of technology; specifically healthcare technology, and will focus on key texts that pertain to the philosophy and ethics of technology; ethical issues related to these technologies; research methods that can identify emerging issues that can result from the implementation of new healthcare delivery technologies.  Open to Jr, Sr, Grad, Professional Students

New Course
BTHX 5000 Sec 003 - Health, Violence and the State (3 cr)
Tues 4-6:30 pm, Lena Palacios, PhD; Susan Craddock, PhD

In an era of global governmental organizations and the increased visibility and scrutiny of state operations, why are more people at risk of harm rather than protection when they seek the care of state agencies? This course examines both why violence is happening if not escalating between state institutions and vulnerable populations, and what the multiple physical, emotional, and psychological outcomes of that violence are. In so doing, we will look at what we mean by the state in its various guises, how to variously theorize violence as well as health, and look at the many social movements led by communities most impacted by state violence.
Meets with GWSS 5290Open to Jr, Sr, Grad, Professional Students

BTHX 5120 - Dying in Contemporary Medical Culture (2 cr)
Mon 4-5:40 pm, Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN

Explore the ethics of death and dying, achieve a greater understanding of its context in contemporary society and reflect upon the universal inevitability of mortality, including your own.  Meets with BTHX 8120
Open to Jr, Sr, Grad, Professional Students

BTHX 5325 - Biomedical Ethics (3 cr)
Wed 5-7:30 pm, John Song, MD, MPH, MAT

This course surveys major topics and issues in biomedical ethics including patients' rights, informed consent, confidentiality, ethical issues in medical research, the initiation and termination of medical treatment, physician assisted dying, access to care, and the allocation of medical resources.  We will also spend a few sessions on current issues as they develop. Open to Jr, Sr, Grad, Professional Students

BTHX 5510  Gender & the Politics of Health (3 cr)
Thurs 1:00-3:30pm, Debra DeBruin, PhD
Cross listed with BTHX 8510

This course explores the moral and political importance of gender in topics related to health. These issues are situated within their institutional and broader social contexts. This course is appropriate for a wide audience including students from the health professions, philosophy, social science, and law. Meets with BTHX 8510 Open to Jr, Sr, Grad, Professional Students

BTHX 5540  Bioethics, Psychiatry & Psychology (3 cr)
Wed 9:30-noon, Carl Elliott, MD, PhD

Explore philosophical and ethical issues in psychiatry and psychology. Potential topics include the moral responsibility of psychopaths for their actions,false memories of Satanic ritual abuse, insanity pleas, the sociology of institutionalization, clinical trials of psychiatric drugs, cosmetic psychopharmacology, recent work in experimental philosophy; and classic experiments in social psychology. Meets with BTHX 8540 Open to Jr, Sr, Grad, Professional Students

BTHX 5610  Research & Publication: A How-To on Academic Publishing (1 cr)
Wed 1-1:50 pm, Steven Miles, MD

This is a how-to course in academic publication. It focuses on scientific papers and addresses career publication strategy, selecting publication venues, literature searching, resolving authorship issues, ethics in publication, and special topics in manuscript formatting (structure abstract, paper sections, citations, footnotes, and acknowledgments.

BTHX 5630  Bioethics Colloquium (1 cr)  Bioethics MA students only
Susan Craddock, PhD

Students will attend a minimum of 8 presentations of their choice from a variety of departments and programs across campus or beyond that deal in some way with ethics as a theoretical and/or applied concept including but not limited to the fields of social science, law, public policy, and global health. This colloquium is designed to foster thinking about how these disparate frameworks and practices can be usefully put into conversation with bioethics and with the student's own research. Students submit reflections on 8 colloquia presentations to the Director of Graduate Studies. Up to two of the presentations can be based on colloquia offered outside of the University of Minnesota community, including but not limited to remote colloquia offerings. Specific details regarding schedule and assignments will be worked out directly with the instructor. This is a master's core curriculum option, open to Bioethics Graduate Students only.

BTHX 5650 Disability Ethics (3 cr)
Mon 6-8:30 pm, Alex Lubet, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                          

This course will examine ethical issues pertaining to disability, with an emphasis on discussion and consideration of widely contrasting perspectives.  Issues discussed include physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, selective abortion, cochlear implant technology, sterilization, special versus inclusive education, Universal Design/Universal Instructional Design, disability accommodations, and built and social environments, examined within, social, legal, policy, and cultural environments.  Assignments include, readings, viewings, journaling, field projects, and research papers.
Meets with MUS 5950  Open to Jr, Sr, Grad, Professional Students

BTHX 8114 – Ethical and Legal Issues in Genetic Counseling (3 cr)
Thurs 1:30-4 pm, Bonnie LeRoy, MS, CGC

This multidisciplinary course is available to graduate students in genetic counseling and other graduate students interested in ethical and legal issues that are faced by health care practitioners who see clients with genetic concerns. Students learn how to review and assess relevant scientific and bioethics literature and engage in the process of individual and group decision-making about current ethical and legal challenges in human genetics. Meets with GCD 8914

BTHX 8120 - Dying in Contemporary Medical Culture (2 cr)
Mon 4-5:40 pm, Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN

Explore the ethics of death and dying, achieve a greater understanding of its context in contemporary society and reflect upon the universal inevitability of mortality, including your own.  Meets with BTHX 5120

BTHX 8510  Gender & the Politics of Health (3 cr)
Thurs 1:00-3:30pm, Debra DeBruin, PhD

This course explores the moral and political importance of gender in topics related to health. These issues are situated within their institutional and broader social contexts. This course is appropriate for a wide audience including students from the health professions, philosophy, social science, and law. Meets with BTHX 5520

BTHX 8540  Bioethics, Psychiatry & Psychology (3 cr)
Wed 9:30-noon, Carl Elliott, MD, PhD

Explore philosophical and ethical issues in psychiatry and psychology. Potential topics include the moral responsibility of psychopaths for their actions, false memories of Satanic ritual abuse, insanity pleas, the sociology of institutionalization, clinical trials of psychiatric drugs, cosmetic psychopharmacology, recent work in experimental philosophy; and classic experiments in social psychology. Meets with BTHX 5540 

Fall 2017 BTHX Courses

September 5 - December 13 
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BTHX 5000-002/BTHX 8000-002 Topics: Ethics, Policy and Law in Controversial Science (3 cr)
Wednesdays, 1:15-3:45 pm, Leigh Turner, PhD
Open to jr, sr, grad, professional students

There is a history of policy making in the US for the oversight of controversial science, whether it is basic laboratory research, research involving humans or animals, or clinical medicine. This course will examine some of that history, and the ethics, law and policy that have been applied in crafting policy in these areas. The goal is to assess what has been learned over the history and how those lessons can be applied in new and evolving areas of controversial science.

BTHX 5000-003/BTHX 8000-003 Topics: The Environmental Ethics of Health Care (3 cr)
Wednesdays, 9:30-12 pm, Andrew Jameton, PhD
Open to jr, sr, grad, professional students 

The field of Bioethics was originally conceived as an expression of environmental ethics, yet bioethics matured as health care ethics. This course re-unites health care ethics with environmental ethics. We begin with an overview of the global human biological situation during this century's period of accelerating change. We consider the moral values and ethical principles important to maintain, what values and principles to abandon, and what new ones we should promote. We then consider how these values and principles can best guide health care in adapting to and helping to mitigate global change while maintaining quality care. We conclude by reflecting on what immediate goals we should advocate. 

BTHX 5100 Introduction to Clinical Ethics (3 cr)
Mondays, 4:30-7:10 pm, Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN
Open to jr, sr, grad, professional students

This course uses real cases to examine the most frequent ethical problems faced by clinicians, patients and families, and ethics consultants. Topics include forgoing life sustaining treatment, decisional capacity, informed consent, treatment refusals, death and dying, pediatric ethics, reproductive issues, research ethics, psychiatric illness and more. This course is intended for students in all fields, practicing clinicians, and members of ethics committees and consulting services.

BTHX 5110/8110 – Ethical Issues in Pediatrics (2 cr)
Wednesdays, 4-5:40 pm, Donald Brunnquell, PhD, LP
Open to jr, sr, grad, professional students

This course offers an interdisciplinary forum to explore the major issues of applied bioethics in the care of children. A brief review of moral theory and the history, philosophy, and sociology of childhood will provide the context for pediatric bioethics. It will move into topical discussion of major issues including who decides for the child, child development and how to account for emerging autonomy. This course is intended to reach across the spectrum of both professional and academic disciplines working with children such as medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, law, public health, and education, as well as child development, anthropology, and philosophy.

BTHX 5300 Foundations of Bioethics (3 cr)
Thursdays, 2-4:30 pm, Debra DeBruin, PhD
Open to jr, sr, grad, professional students

This course offers an introduction to the foundational approaches to bioethics and the analytic skills required to both critique and apply these approaches to historical and contemporary challenges in bioethics. No prior background in philosophy is required.

BTHX 5325 Biomedical Ethics (3 cr)
Tuesdays, 1-3:30 pm, John Song, MD, MPH, MAT
Open to jr, sr, grad, professional students

This course surveys major topics and issues in biomedical ethics including patients' rights, informed consent, confidentiality, ethical issues in medical research, the initiation and termination of medical treatment, physician assisted dying, access to care, and the allocation of medical resources.  We will also spend a few sessions on current issues as they develop.

BTHX 8333 – Master’s FTE
8333 is a one-credit registration option for eligible master’s students who must certify full-time status to be in compliance with requirements of the University and/or external agencies (e.g., employment as a graduate assistant; loan deferment). Students eligible for 8333 can be employed in one of the low-tuition/low-fringe job classes.

BTHX 8500 – Practicum in Bioethics (1-3 cr)
This course provides supervised placement to apply knowledge and skills learned through work in core courses. An individualized plan is developed between student, bioethics adviser or DGS, and mentor at practicum site.

BTHX 8610/BTHX 5000-001 - Medical Consumerism (3 cr)
Wednesdays, 1-3:30 pm, Carl Elliott, MD, PhD

Explore philosophical and ethical issues in psychiatry and psychology. Potential topics include the moral responsibility of psychopaths for their actions, false memories of Satanic ritual abuse, insanity pleas, the sociology of institutionalization, clinical trials of psychiatric drugs, cosmetic psychopharmacology, recent work in experimental philosophy; and classic experiments in social psychology.

BTHX 8777 – Master’s Thesis Credits
All Master’s Plan A and Professional Master’s in Engineering (Design Track) students are required to register for 10 semester credits of 8777.

BTHX 8900 – Advanced Independent Study in Bioethics (1-4 cr)
Students propose an area for advanced study with faculty guidance, expressed in a written proposal which includes outcome objectives and work plan. A faculty member directs the student's work and evaluates their project.