Nursing 330 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing Care
cross-listed as
Philosophy 330 - Ethics
Philosophy 331 (Ethical Theory) / 332 (Contemporary Moral Issues)

Professor: William Sweet
Office: 518 Nicholson Hall Tower
Telephone: 867-2341     E-mail:
Office Hours: 9.15 am - 12 pm, Wednesday and Thursday; 2.15-5 pm, Wednesday, and by arrangement.
This class is scheduled to meet in the 'M' time block (Tuesday 11.15; Wednesday 1.15; and Friday at 12.15)

Because the first class in this course is Tuesday, October 19, some additional time (following the third class in the week) will sometimes be scheduled.

This course is open to all students, though the readings in the second term will focus particularly on issues related to professional ethics, biomedical issues, and health care.

Resources / Dictionaries / Encyclopedia

Course Outline:

Introduction: Theories, values, and cases

1. Ethical Theory

5 theories about ethics
a. egoism
b. emotivism
c. subjectivism
d. relativism
e. legalism

5 ethical theories:
a. deontology (Kant)
b. consequentialism (Mill)
c. virtue theory (Aristotle)
d. ethics of care
e. natural law (Maritain)

Possibilities of convergence

2. Values and Ethical Values

(physical values, intellectual values, aesthetic values, ethical values, and religious values)

5 ethical values
1. beneficence
2. autonomy
3. truthfulness
4. confidentiality
5. justice

Possibilities of convergence – integrity.

3. Cases

a. consent
b. reproduction / licensing
c. abortion
d. euthanasia
e. medical resources


Readings for the first term will be made available in photocopied form

Concepts and Cases in Nursing Ethics (2nd Edition),
by Micheal Yeo, Anne Moorhouse
Paperback: 383 pages  Publisher: Broadview Press; 2nd edition (August 1996)  ISBN: 1551110822 |

Readings in Health Care Ethics, Edited by Elisabeth Boetzkes & Wilfrid J. Waluchow
Paperback 605pp. Publisher: Broadview Press   ISBN  1551112582

Method of Evaluation:

‘in-class test’ – 10% - late November
‘mid-course examination’ – 15 % - approx. January 27
major essay – 30 % - mid-March
‘final examination’ – 35% - April
class discussion – 10 %