Behavioural Science 2 (Medical Ethics)


Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2023-2024

Course director

Number of hours/semester

lectures: 0 hours

practices: 0 hours

seminars: 14 hours

total of: 14 hours

Subject data

  • Code of subject: OSE-OET-T
  • 1 kredit
  • Dentistry
  • Elective modul
  • autumn


Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 250


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. Introduction
  • 2. The role of ethics in medicine
  • 3. Healthcare ethics in the light of consequentialism and deontological ethics.
  • 4. The most fundamental ethical principles of modern healthcare.
  • 5. Informed consent
  • 6. Informed consent, surrogate decision making, organ donation
  • 7. End of life decisions: euthanasia
  • 8. End of life decisions: the care of the terminally ill patients
  • 9. Beginning of life decisions: abortion
  • 10. Beginning of life decisions: ethical issues raised by reproductive medicine
  • 11. The placebo effect
  • 12. Etical issues raised by genetic interventions
  • 13. Summarizing discussion
  • 14. Test exam

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