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Special Topics in Theology I

Faculty of Theology >> Theology (General)

Minimize schedule Course schedule for the session: Winter 2018
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
THO 3148 W00
Required attendance online on Mondays from 5:30 - 8:30PM.
Course offered in English
January 08 - April 11 Monday 17:30 - 20:30 Online Hazel Joyce Markwell

Drawing on the work of contemporary bioethicists, this course explores common ethical challenges faced by healthcare providers in the clinical setting and the impact that such challenges have on the human subject. These challenges will be discussed from within a theological framework, particularly as seen through the lens of Bernard Lonergan's work on the role that feelings and bias play in the human person's desire for authenticity and self-transcendence.


1. To raise awareness of the complexity of some of the more controversial issues in clinical ethics.

2. To become familiar with a principle based framework for ethical decision making and the skills in analyzing ethical dilemmas.

3. To become aware of the role that feelings might play in the resolution of ethical issues.

4. To understand the impact that ethical challenges in the clinical setting have on the human subject's desire for authenticity and self-transcendence.


Class Participation: 30%

Research Paper: 50% Choose a topic (a concrete issue) related to contemporary issues in medical bioethics and discuss the underlying concepts. Suggest a resolution to the issue using the principle based framework for ethical decision making.

Reflection Paper: 20% Final exam. A personal reflection to allow for an intellectual integration of the course materials and the impact of ethical decision making in health care on the human subject. (5-7 pages)

Mandatory Reading

Required Texts:

Hebert, Philip. Doing Right. A Practical Guide to Ethics for Medical Trainees and Physicians. Second Edition. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Gregson, Vernon. Desires of the Human Heart. New York. Paulist Press, 1984

On Reserve:

Doran, Robert M., Theology and the Dialectics of History. Toronto. University of Toronto Press, 1990.

Lonergan, Bernard, S.J., Insight: A Study of Human Understanding, Volume 3 of Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan. Edited by Frederick E. Crowe and Robert M. Doran. Toronto. University of Toronto Press. 1992

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