PAL130 - Ethical Legal and Spiritual Concerns

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Subject Title
Ethical Legal and Spiritual Concerns

Subject Description
This course will explore attitudes towards death and the death rituals and ceremonies of world religious traditions including Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Students will also explore the religious attitudes and beliefs concerning immortality and life after death.

Credit Status
One credit towards Palliative Care Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.  Identify the various ethical perspectives / attitudes regarding value of life.
2.  Describe the professional code of ethics governing the health care team and its implications.
3.  Apply various treatment measures when caring for the terminally ill patient.
4.  Discuss the legal factors affecting decision making in health care.
5.  Utlilize knowledge of legal implications and availability of government resources to assist the terminally ill patient to arrange their financial affairs.
6.  Explain the legal requirements for care of the individual after death.
7.  Identify common universal spiritual concerns and be able to express an understanding of what spirituality is.
8.  Identify various basic Western / Eastern spiritual orientations in relation to illness, dying and death, burial / cremation practices and grieving.
9.  Utilize knowledge of spiritual assessment methods
10.  Demonstrate an understanding of dealing with various patterns of mourning.
11.  Demonstrate sensitivity to the various concerns which arise from specific illnesses and situations.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline
Defintion of Ethics
Ethical Frameworks
Ethics of Care
Legal Topics
Spiritual Care

Mode of Instruction

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Student Profile 5%
Assignment #1 30%
Reflective Analysis (x2) 25%
Assignment #2 20%
Portfolio Discussion 20%
Total 100%

Approved by: Lisa Somers