Background and Resources
The focus of this topic, namely how bioethics is confronted with opposing questions of value when dealing with public health issues, allows multiple variations in teaching its philosophical content. The connection the module makes between that content and actual community concerns amplifies that flexibility. Concerns of this kind are generally understandable to students at all stages of learning. Philosophical questions may then be presented to emerge along the way to addressing those concerns. Depending on how much emphasis an instructor wishes to place on the "ins and outs" of bioethical decision-making, this module can serve as an outline for an entire semester course, or by editing, become an applied component in another course where the topic is seen to have relevance. In addition, a short version may be adapted to serve as the basis of either a workshop or conference on the topic. Faculty are encouraged to see this flexibility as an opportunity to tailor the module's presentation to current issues in their communities and world beyond.
Relevance to Academia/Industry