LSTU E-132 Disability, Law, and Medicine
This course is an introduction to bioethical questions raised in the context of health care provision to people with disabilities. Students are encouraged to think critically, openly, ethically, rationally, and collegially about often difficult, delicate, and controversial topics involving issues of medical ethics, autonomy, dignity, civil and human rights, stigma, personal integrity, culture, public health, and informed consent, among others, as expressed through interactive discussion, a research project, application of case studies, and role playing. The instructor draws from the fields of disability studies, bioethics, medicine, law, social science, and history. The first half of the course introduces some core theoretical questions in the study of disability and bioethics. The second half of the course analyzes how theories apply across case studies and vary between particular patients. Students leave with a social science, legal, bioethical, medical, and cultural immersion into the study of disability and the normative issues arising in the lives of persons with disabilities. Also provided are a practical set of concerns to orient students as they interact with healthcare systems throughout their lives, whether as patients, physicians, policy makers, lawyers, advocates, or caregivers.