BEHL 416 - Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice

This course involves an historical study of the development of the body of official Catholic Social Teaching (CST) specific to its impact on healthcare delivery in the United States. Current developments in select key social issues and movements are also addressed insofar as those issues and movements influenced healthcare delivery. The pastoral letters of the U.S. Bishops, especially their teachings on healthcare reform, also receive attention. The interface between religious faith and public policy debates is a constant concern throughout the course. Practical strategies for fostering a social justice consciousness in healthcare settings are also considered. Outcomes: Extensive use of case discussion and analysis will help to develop the participants¿ understanding of the principles of CST and their application to the healthcare context.
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