PHIL 3203


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Course No. and Title: PHIL3203 Health Care Ethics
Credit Value: Three (3) credit hours
Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to ethical theory and its application to contemporary issues in bio-ethics.   There are seven units in the course.  These are:

Unit One: Ethical Theory
Unit Two: Relationships in Health Care
Unit Three: Consent
Unit Four: Abortion
Unit Five: Euthanasia
Unit Six: Scarce Medical Resources
Unit Seven: Acquiring and Distributing Body Parts


1) Students can express the basic tenets of major ethical theories and are competent to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories.

2) Students are familiar with major ethical issues in contemporary bioethics and are able to engage critically with material in areas of bioethics.




Course Instructor:

Robert Larmer is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Brunswick. He presently serves as Chair of the Department

Office Location:  Office 211, Carleton Hall
Phone: (506) 458-7500

Course Format:

Students are expected to do the readings on the assigned readings list. Supplementary materials are provided in the form of summaries of the readings, video lectures, links to other helpful video material, and links to useful web-sites.

Course Texts:

Readings in Health Care Ethics, ed. Elisabeth Boetzkes and Wifrid J. Waluchow (Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2000)

Unit 1: Ethical Theory, Chapter One
Unit 2: Relationships in Health Care, Chapter Two, Articles 1, 5, 6, 7.
Unit 3: Consent, Chapter Three, Articles 10, 13, 14, 15.
Unit 4: Abortion, Chapter Five, Articles 23, 24, 25, and the Larmer article in the Unit 4 folder.
Unit 5: Euthanasia, Chapter Seven, Articles 31, 32, 33, 35.
Unit 6: Scarce Medical Resources, Chapter Nine, Articles 43, 44.
Unit 7: Acquiring & Distributing Body Parts, Chapter Ten, Articles 47, 48, 49, 51, 52.

Textbooks can be ordered from the UNB Fredericton Bookstore:

Assignments & Examinations:

There will be three timed quizzes, each worth 25% of the final mark, and each consisting of 15 multiple-choice or short answer questions. Once a student has completed the three quizzes he or she will be required to do a final assignment consisting of two short essay questions, each worth 12.5% of the final mark. In order to pass the course, a student must achieve a mark of D (50%) on both the quiz and the essay component of the course.

Marking Scheme

  • A+    90-100
  • A      85-89
  • A-     80-84
  • B+    77-79
  • B      74-76
  • B-     70-73
  • C+    65-69
  • C      60-65
  • D      50-59      
  • F       0-49

All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form to book.

Time Limit: 6 months from registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date of your course.

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
More information on fees for this course.

Methods of Payment:

Once you complete the Apply Now form below, please send payment. Methods of payment accepted:
Cash (Do not send in the mail. Please deliver to the College of Extended Learning, 2nd Level, Wu Centre, UNB Fredericton Campus)
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If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.