Scratching the Surface of Medical Misogyny

Scratching the Surface of Medical Misogyny

For many entering the UO and following a pre-med path, the intense workload of non-stop STEM and weed out courses can be overwhelming (rightfully). In this FIG we hope to not only ease that burden through knowledge and resources but also through community.

This FIG will focus on the intersection between medicine and humanities, and how exploring feminist philosophy can provide a deeper perspective on the role of women in medicine both historically and currently. In this FIG we will not only examine medical inequalities from a sociological and philosophical lens, but also cultivate a greater understanding of the importance  of the humanities when preparing for a career in healthcare. We hope that this FIG will be both a resource to your learning and a place in which you can find community in a sometimes isolating field.

Deep-Dive FIG: Please note this FIG contains an intermediate course at the 300-level. This course has been vetted by First Year Programs to ensure first-term students can achieve success. The instructor will be available to assist students along the way.

Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:

UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit

PHIL 335 Medical Ethics - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Medical Ethics (or, more broadly, Bioethics) is the branch of ethics that studies moral values in the biomedical sciences. Some approaches to medical ethics seek to apply ethical rules and principles according to which various actions and practices in the realm of the biomedical sciences can be deemed ethically permissible, impermissible, obligatory or neutral. This course introduces theoretical tools and concrete case studies for formulating, analyzing, and evaluating ethical judgments raised by contemporary biomedical practice.