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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2009

T C 357 • Law, Ethics and Brain Policy - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43800 M
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
CRD 007B

Course Description

Law, Ethics, and Brain Policy will cover legal and ethical aspects of brain injury (mental disorders, competency, and criminal responsibility), brain treatments (stem cell, psychosurgery, electroconvulsive therapy), brain imaging (permanently unconscious patients and minimally conscious, lie detection), brain research, brain death policies, and the emerging field of neuroethics and law.

Grading Policy

This course contains a substantial writing component

One 5 pp essay: 20%
One 15 pp research paper: 50%
Take home examination: 30%


Robert H. Blank, Brain Policy: How the New Neuroscience Will Change Our Lives and Our Politics
William J. Winslade, Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury: Devastation, Hope, and Healing
Supplementary handouts provided by the professor

About the Professor

William J. Winslade teaches in the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch and in the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (Northwestern), a J.D. (UCLA School of Law), and a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis (Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute). In addition to scholarship in bioethics and law, he writes books and op-ed articles for general readers. He also serves as a medical ethics consultant for attorneys, hospitals, and patients. His hobbies include golf, basketball, running, and hiking. He also enjoys international travel, card games, and puns.


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