Stanley L. Olsen
Stanley L. Olsen

Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD

Stanley L. Olsen
Chair of Moral Values

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A New Course: for Augustana Students and interested others. Students will actually register in the spring, but MUST attend the fall sessions in order to receive credit. You can receive more information about the course and registration by contacting

Religion/Philosophy 297 (1 credit) Life and Death: Making Ethical Decisions
Instructors: Ann Pederson, primary instructor, along with faculty from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine
Time: Second Friday of each month at 7:30 AM during October, November, December, February, March, April, May
Limited Enrollment: 20

Course Description: This course will introduce students to a "compelling case study that captures the ethical dilemmas of modern medical practice," written by John Lantos, MD. Students will construct ethical frameworks for addressing ethical issues on the edges of and death. The course is targeted at those in pre-professional and health care programs: pre-medicine, pre-law, pre-seminary, philosophy, and nursing.

The goals of the course:

    1. Explore multiple ethical dilemmas through the discussion of one particular case study concerning the neo-natal intensive care unit.
    2. Explore the medical, religious, legal, and philosophical aspects of this case.
    3. Discuss with other professionals engaged in "ethical" decision making about constructing frameworks and making decisions
    4. Formulate thoughtful discussion questions about the text
    5. Construct one's own ethical framework concerning the "case study' described by John Lantos

Text: John D. Lantos. The Lazarus Case: Life and Death Issues in Neonatal Intensive Care. Baltimore and London: The John Hopkins University Press, 2001.

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