2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    Oct 24, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PL 417 - Beginning and End of Life

(3.00 cr.)

Concerns two of today's most controversial issues: abortion and euthanasia. How are we to think about killing at the beginning and end of life? The course is unique in bringing together theological and philosophical arguments with psychological theories and empirical findings. What is the mindset of people who want assistance with their suicide or expectant parents facing a crisis pregnancy? What are the feelings and thoughts of the medical staff involved? What has theology and philosophy to say about guilt and suffering, and what are the arguments governing who can be killed, when, and by whom? The course is team-taught by professors from the Departments of Psychology and Philosophy, and students learn how to integrate their knowledge of psychological research methods with the theological and philosophical reasoning of Catholic social thought. Written or electronic permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: PL 201 , one additional PL 200-level course, and PY 101 .
Interdisciplinary Studies: IC

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