Taught by Dr. Sondra Wheeler, ethicist and Wesley's Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics. Please view her video introduction to the course.
ES-238 Bioethics and Pastoral Care
When: Thursdays beginning January 23, 2020, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: on campus at Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (next to American University)
How to get there: Free parking available on campus; AU shuttle bus available from the Tenleytown METRO (Red Line)
Course Description: This is an introductory course in medical ethics with three central goals. First, it seeks to help students locate the issues involved in caring for the sick within the framework of the convictions and practices of communities of Christian faith. Second, it introduces students to the standard language and tools of bioethics (and to challenges raised to it) and invites them to reflect critically upon the use of that language in light of their basic theological commitments. Third, it helps students prepare to provide pastoral care to patients and their families as they face health care crises, and the choices with which they present us.
Learning objectives include: the development of basic competence in the language and frameworks of bioethics; some understanding of relevant theological debates; and a grasp of the role of pastors as it relates to moral issues in caring for the sick and the dying.