Spring 2020 - PHIL 327 D100

Global Health Ethics (3)

Class Number: 7767

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    BLU 9021, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units and one of PHIL 120W (or equivalent), 121 or 221; or HSCI 319.



Ethical issues related to public health as they are located in and influenced by a global context. Consideration of several ethical approaches including utilitarianism, deontic ethics, and the capabilities approach, as well as theories of justice. Application of approaches to topics ranging from global markets in human organs to international migration of health workers and pharmaceutical testing in the developing world. PHIL 327 is identical to HSCI 327 and students may not receive credit for both. Students who have completed HSCI 320 or the spring 2011 offering of PHIL 331 may not complete this course for further credit.


[Note: this course is to be taught concurrently with HSCI 327.]

TOPICS COVERED will include:

  • Ethics and global health         
  • Justice, Human Rights and Global Health         
  • Health Worker Migration     
  • Medical Tourism (Organ Tourism)        
  • Immigration and Health       
  • Disaster Ethics        
  • Labour and Health    
  • Climate change, the environment and health
This is a hybrid lecture and seminar-style course with the expectation of active student participation in discussions.


If you are using Global Health Ethics to fulfill a Philosophy program requirement, you should enroll in the PHIL 327 section. If you are using it towards Health Sciences, you should enroll in the HSCI 327 section.


  • Editorial Writing 10%
  • First Paper 20%
  • Midterm 10%
  • Second Paper 30%
  • Final 20%
  • Participation 10%


CLASS PARTICIPATION: Class participation makes up 10% of the final grade, measured equally by attendance and active participation in the class. Active participation will be assessed according to the student's engagement in class discussion, incorporation of class readings into discussion, and willingness to foster a positive exchange of ideas.



CANVAS: This course will make use of Canvas (canvas.sfu.ca) to organize class materials; links to online readings, the discussion of ethics related topics, and PowerPoint slides used during lectures.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Thinking of a Philosophy Major or Minor? The Concentration in Law and Philosophy? The Certificate in Ethics? The Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate?
Contact the PHIL Advisor at philmgr@sfu.ca   More details on our website: SFU Philosophy

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html