Issues in Catholic Bioethics: End of Life Care

Course Code: RGT3936HS

Instructor

Bridget Campion
b.campion@utoronto.ca

Schedule

Winter 2018
Thursday 16:00 – 18:00

Credits

1.0

Course Description

Using a case-based approach, and a combination of lectures and directed discussion, this course will explore issues in end-of-life care in light of Catholic Church teaching and tradition. Topics to include: understanding death and suffering; decision-making at the end of life; mercy killing; physician-assisted death in Canada; hospice care; organ donation; forgoing treatment; children and end-of-life care; poverty and death. Students will be evaluated on one 3-5 page reflection paper; one poster presentation with bibliography; one written examination; and class participation.

Course Objectives

Students successfully completing this course will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. (Not all categories will be required for all courses.)

 

(A) IN RESPECT OF GENERAL ACADEMIC SKILLS students will develop
— critical thinking skills through case work and directed discussion;
— effective communication skills through in-class discussions and assigned reflection papers;
— the ability to marshal factual information required for bioethical analysis through lectures and assigned readings;
— the ability to work collaboratively to moral and personal insight through directed in-class discussions.
(B) IN RESPECT OF THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONTENT OF ONE OR MORE THEOLOGICAL DISCIPLINES, through the readings and lectures students will develop:
— an understanding of approaches to Moral Theology and bioethical theory;
— an understanding of Catholic Church teaching on various bioethical issues;
— an understanding of historical and current intersections of Catholic Moral Theology and Bioethics
(C) IN RESPECT OF PERSONAL AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION students will have the opportunity:
— to become aware of personal assumptions and biases operative in their understandings of Moral Theology, Catholic Church teaching, and issues in Bioethics;
— to consider alternative approaches to and understandings of bioethical issues in light of Catholic Church teaching;
— to have in-depth dialogue about issues, ethical theory, Catholic Church teaching and personal moral and spiritual development in a forum that is curated and safe.
(D) IN RESPECT OF MINISTERIAL AND PUBLIC LEADERSHIP students will have:
— a familiarity with current bioethical issues;
— the capacity to bring critical thinking to those issues;
— the ability to view those issues in light of Catholic Church teaching.

Course Schedule

A detailed course schedule is available for download.

Week 1

Intro to RGT 3936. Death: Physical, Theological and Ethical Considerations.

Week 2

Suffering: Physical, Theological and Ethical Considerations

Week 3

“Good Death”: Hospice Care and Pain Relief at the End of Life

Week 4

Mercy Killing

Week 5

Physician-Assisted Death in Canada

Week 6

End-of-Life Decision-Making

Week 7

Donation of Vital Organs: Dead Donor Rule and Brain Death

Week 8

Donation of Vital Organs after Cardiopulmonary Death

Week 9

Tube Feeding at the End of Life

Week 10

Poster Presentations

Week 11

Children and End-of-Life Care

Week 12

Poverty and Death