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GEY4647 (Spring 2014) –Page 1 Ethical and legal Issues in Aging GEY 4647 (3 credit hours) Course Syllabus Spring 2014 School of Aging Studies and the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy College of Behavioral & Community Sciences and Florida Mental Health Institute UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA This course is part of the University of South Florida’s Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Core Curriculum. It is certified as an Exit Course (Capstone) and for the following Dimensions: Critical Thinking, Inquiry-Based Learning, and Inter-Relationships Among Disciplines. Students enrolled in this course may be asked to participate in the USF General Education Assessment effort. This might involve submitting copies of writing assignments for review, responding to surveys, or participating in other measurements designed to assess the FKL Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes. Emergencies. In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information. Class Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00-3:15pm Class Location: MHA 126 E (Westside Conference Center, Room E) Instructor: Paul G. Stiles, J.D., Ph.D. Office: MHC2639 Phone: (813) 974-9349 E-mail: [email protected]Office Hours: By Appointment (please call or e-mail) A.Purpose and Objectives of Course:This course is intended to familiarize and sensitize students with/to major ethical and legal issues and dilemmas in the field of aging and to consider their implications for policies, priorities, and services pertaining to older persons. The substantive objectives of the course are to provide students with a basic knowledge of: 1.classical and modern theories of ethics; 2.major principles of bioethics including autonomy, beneficence, and justice and their special relevance to older persons; 3.the relationship between ethics and the law and the kinds of ethical and legal issues that occur in later life in such areas as health and long-term care; 4.common legal issues that arise for older persons; 5.contemporary moral dilemmas such as physician-assisted suicide. General Education Course Objectives include: 1. Ensure that students are able to apply a critical perspective to the ways we view older adults’ rights and our obligations to protect them; 2. Confront with an inquiring mind the dilemma society faces between balancing protection of vulnerable older adults and preserving their autonomy; and 3. Synthesize interdisciplinary approaches to ethical and legal issues facing older adults, their families, and society.
GEY4647 (Spring 2014) –Page 2 Student Learning Objectives –at the end of this course, students will be able to: 1. A