May 18, 2024  
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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TH 512 - Catholic Bioethics

On the basis of the Catholic tradition of moral inquiry, a study of the theological meaning of human life as a basis for health care ethics; analysis of ethical methods in health care. Topics include life and death issues, prolongation of life, experimentation, genetics, reproduction, marriage and family, among others. 

Assignment Overview
  • Assignments: 5 Units
  • Interactivity: Discussion Board
  • Final Assessment: Final Paper


Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Identify and explain the various theological sources and topics that inform and guide Catholic Bioethics.
  • Understand the dynamics of medical and health care ethics constructed on the basis of Catholic moral theology. 
  • Critically apply theological sources and topics to inform and guide analysis of pertinent issues in bioethics.
  • Apply Catholic bioethics to specific issues in the areas of life, death, sexuality and reproduction, reconstructing and modifying the body, mental health, suffering and death, social responsibility, and pastoral care, among others. 
  • Recognize and explore political, social, pastoral, and theological considerations.

Credits: 3

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