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Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2019-2020

Course director

Dr. Zsuzsanna FÜZESI (, professor

Department of Behavioural Sciences

Subject data

Code of subject: OSE-OET-T  |  1 credit  |  Dentistry |  Elective module  |  autumn

Prerequisites: -

Number of hours/semester

0 lectures + 0 practices + 14 seminars = total of 14 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 250 person


The course helps the students gain sensitivity regarding the ethical aspects of medical practice, and to become aware of the different ethical approaches. The main aim of the course is to assist the students in developing their own ethical attitudes.




  • 1. The differences between traditional medical ethics and modern bioethics
  • 2. The main moral theories
  • 3. The most fundamental ethical principles of healthcare profession. Medical confidentiality
  • 4. The principle of medical informed consent
  • 5. Problems in the care of the terminally ill
  • 6. Problems in the care of the terminally ill
  • 7. The moral status of abortion
  • 8. The ethics of organ and tissue transplantation
  • 9. Ethical issues raised by reproductive medicine
  • 10. Ethical issues raised by reproductive medicine
  • 11. The placebo effect
  • 12. Etical issues raised by genetic interventions
  • 13. Summarizing discussion
  • 14. Written test

Reading material

Obligatory literature


Literature developed by the Department

Course materials: Neptun Meet Street



Recommended literature

Dr. Erich H. Loewy and Dr. Roberta Springer Loewy: Textbook of Healthcare Ethics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2004.
Thomas A. Mappes et al (eds.): Biomedical Ethics, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 4th edition, 1995.

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 15 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams

Written test taking place in the last class. To improve the grade, the test can be repeated two times in the first two weeks of the exam period. Oral exam is also an option for that purpose.

Making up for missed classes

According to the Code of Studies and Examinations

Exam topics/questions

Additional materials: Neptun Meet Street


Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars

  • Dr. Szolcsányi Tibor