PAL130 - Ethical Legal and Spiritual Concerns

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-08-29 09:09:31.954
Last review date 2018-08-29 09:09:31.956

Subject Title
Ethical Legal and Spiritual Concerns

Subject Description
This course will provide an overview of ethical, legal and spiritual issues in palliative care. Death and dying in relation to various life stages and cultural influences will be explored.

Credit Status
One credit towards Palliative Care Certificate

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

1. Apply an ethical perspective and decision-making process to complex issues in palliative and end-of-life care.
2. Research and discuss legal factors affecting decision-making in palliative and end-of-life care in Canada.
3. Identify community resources to assist the terminally ill patient and their families in finding support and information.
4. Research and reflect on the variety of cultural, spiritual, and religious practices and attitudes in relation to illness, dying and death, burial/cremation, and grieving.

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.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

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
This subject is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
No textbook required.

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
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Discussion Board Posts (4 @ 5%) 20%
Ethical Case Study 20%
Research Paper 20%
Group Project 40%
Total 100%

Approved by: Lisa Somers