Course Outline & Learning Outcomes: This course investigates the relationship of bioethics with truth-telling issues through the lens of culture and new understandings of the doctor-patient relationship. In the past twenty years, truth-telling has been studied in terms of duty, right, cultural nuance, morality, timing, emotional response, historical perspective and implicit bias. Four major themes frame the course content as specific learning outcomes and areas of understanding: Tensions surrounding Truth-telling, Truthfulness and Medical Ethics, Truth-telling and Cross-Cultural Medicine, and Contemporary challenges to truth-telling. On the practical level, students will apply the learning outcomes to case studies related to truth-telling issues thus testing the strength of the interdisciplinary nature of bioethics as it grapples with difficult issues such as those posed by the truth-telling debates. Finally, students will evaluate new paradigms of practical ways of delivering information truthfully that are rooted in the nature of truth as beneficial and liberating (John 8: 32).
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