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Washington, DC

Biomedical Ethics

PHIL 328 / REL 328

Dates: January 2-5, 2024 in Oxford; January 7-12, 2024 in Washington, DC
Credit Hours: 3
Instructors: Dr. Neil Manson, Professor of Philosophy
Course Fee: $1,395 program fee plus tuition
Application Deadline: October 5, 2023

*Itinerary subject to change. Students should wait to make travel arrangements until after confirming dates and times with instructors.

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  • Spend a week of intense on-campus discussion of biomedical ethics.
  • Travel to Washington, DC for a week of meetings with policy specialists, advocates, and stakeholders.
  • Gain an understanding of consequentialist ethics (utilitarianism) and deontology (duty-based ethics)
  • Develop an understanding of current topics in health care ethics, including beginning-of-life and end-of-life medical decisions, the allocation of health care resources, the patient/doctor relationship, and other critical issues.
  • Recognize the primary principles in ethical decision-making in health care.
  • Visit Capitol Hill and meet with legislators, staffers, and policymakers working on important issues in health care.
  • Visit lobbying groups and stakeholders such as BIO, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.
  • Gain a unique perspective on disability culture during a visit to the Department of Philosophy at Gallaudet University, a private research university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College Scholars and non-honors students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Instructor approval is required. This course may interest students studying pre-med, biology, biomedical engineering, pre-law, pharmacy, public policy leadership, philosophy, or political science.

Students will have class in Oxford January 2-5. They will then travel to Washington, DC for meetings and site visits January 7-12.

Students will make their own travel arrangements to and from Washington, DC. They will meet with the group at the hotel at a time designated by the instructor. The group will stay at the Capitol Hill Hotel, or similar accommodations.

The Study USA program fee is $1,395. Included in the program fee are housing, two group dinners, tours, and activities. Tuition, airfare, most meals, and personal spending money are excluded from the program fee.

Study USA offers two scholarship opportunities to students participating in our programs. Students can apply as part of the overall application for a course.

There are no prerequisites for this course.