PHIL 421: Seminar

PHIL 421-002: Humanitarian Health Ethics
(Spring 2020)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T

East Building 121

Section Information for Spring 2020

Fulfills the requirement for a capstone and writing intensive course in the Philosophy major.

In this course, we will examine the ethical origins of humanitarianism and its guiding principles, and from there, a range of pressing ethical concerns that arise in the contemporary context of humanitarian work. We will emphasize ethical issues that arise in the domain of health, but we will examine other ethical issues as well.

Topics may include: prioritization and resource allocation; treatment of vulnerable populations; design of humanitarian settings and health services; the relationship between humanitarians and state sovereignty; the asylum process; and closure of humanitarian health projects. Students will: develop a research project in stages that will culminate in a final paper, a class presentation, an abstract, and a research brief; and facilitate at least one and no more than two class discussions in collaboration with a partner.

This course will be of interest to students in: public policy and international affairs; conflict analysis and resolution; global affairs; global health; public health; women and gender studies; and philosophy.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores topics in current philosophical research in a seminar format. Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 18 credits.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: Nine credits in philosophy.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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