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Spirituality, Religion and Ethics in Contemporary Healthcare

  • Visiting students: an honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject
  • Auditing students: no formal qualifications required

Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 February 2017, 9.30-17.00

This is an intensive, interactive, interdisciplinary course designed to provide students with a grounding in the ethical, religious and spiritual dimensions of contemporary healthcare.

The course is designed both to provide a basic introduction to some philosophical principles of health care ethics, and to focus on some religious, spiritual and psychotherapeutic aspects of health care.

Topics will include: basic ethical theory; the virtues of a health care professional; the evidence with respect to mindfulness and other therapies; spirituality and well-being; the role of spirituality in palliative care; the ‘evil’ of death; faith-based approaches to the care of patients with HIV; justice in health care, and religious versus non-religious accounts of the value of the human person.

The course is based in the disciplines of philosophy, spirituality (broadly conceived) and applied ethics. Students will be invited to explore their own experience, values and questions. It will appeal to people from a variety of backgrounds, including philosophy, theology, medicine, nursing and hospital chaplaincy. It will be taught by Heythrop staff and guest lecturers.

This course will be of particular interest to healthcare professionals and to others who are seeking to expand their understanding of complex spiritual, religious and ethical issues which are rarely convered in courses leading to employment in the healthcare system.

Taught over three consecutive days.

Applicants who wish to receive MA credits and who are not Heythrop students should register as visiting students. They will complete assessed work after the course is over. Applicants who are interested in studying the themes of the course but without assessment or academic credits should register as auditing students. Auditing students will be issued with a certificate of attendance.


Teaching & Assessment

This module is taught over three consecutive days as a stand-alone unit, with or without assesment, and as an optional module for the MA Contemporary Ethics programme.

Those who wish to receive 30 MA credits and who are not Heythrop College students may register as visiting students. Visiting students need to meet the MA entry criteria and will be required to successfully complete the full requirements of the module.

Those who wish to participate without gaining academic credits may register as auditing students. Auditing students will be issued with a certificate of attendace and will not be required to meet the standard entry criteria for the MA programme.