Spring 2022 - HSCI 319W D200

Applied Health Ethics (3)

Class Number: 5786

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine HSCI units with a minimum grade of C-, one of which must be a 200 division course.



Practical ethical and legal issues in health sciences, emphasizing population and public health. Case studies approach highlighting current ethical dilemmas and decision-making in the context of global to local legal frameworks. HSCI 319 is identical to PHIL 319 and students cannot receive credit for both courses. Writing.


Health care, research and policy entail very diverse and far-reaching ethical challenges that affect us all throughout our lives. This course will seek to provide the basics to identify and (ultimately) help address those ethical issues. We will start with examining the necessary theories and frameworks that will serve as conceptual and deliberative toolkits in order to be able to, in a subsequent instance, explore a wide range of topical and contemporary issues. This will include, but not be limited to health care in resource-limited settings, access to health care, research ethics and integrity, moral status, proxy decision-making, disruptive health research, ethics of new health technologies (such as big data and artificial intelligence), pharmaceutical marketing and public health concerns. The course should provide the foundation and background for students to pursue and reflect upon the ethical issues and dilemmas they will face in clinical, research, public health, and public policy contexts. In this course, students will be expected to write essays, engage in critical thinking, and participate actively in classroom discussions.


  • Online Discussion 7.5%
  • Online Discussion 7.5%
  • Midterm Exam 15%
  • First Paper 25%
  • Final Paper Draft 5%
  • Final Paper 35%
  • Participation 5%

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


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.