Teaching is carried out for the 1st and 2nd year students as well as the first year clinical residents (Bioethics) and PhD students (Philosophy and Bioethics). Twice a year (in November and in May) qualification exams (PhD minimum requirement test) of Philosophy are held. The exams are open for PhD students of both YSMU and other universities, both from Armenia and abroad (exams are held in Armenian, Russian and English). In 2008 the department was announced as a member of UNESCO International Network of Bioethics. The evaluation of the knowledge is carried out by the unified testing form approved by the University.
The following subjects are delivered at the department:
The aim of the study is to develop methodological and logical thinking skills as well as critical thinking abilities among students. Content of the studies is as follows: the nature of Philosophy, the main stages of its development, the problems of existence, knowledge, and human being, problems of Ethics, human being in social system, conflicts in man-society relations, human being and culture, medical practice and human being, causality in medicine, the concepts of health and disease, culture and medical practice, the concepts of healthy society.
Methods of teaching are as follows: lectures (34 hours), practical classes (34 hours) and individual work of students.
Bioethics is taught in YSMU since 2000. Since 2006 it has become mandatory for all YSMU faculties. The aim of the study is to provide the students with knowledge embracing wide range of ethical issues raised by the rapid and unprecedented development of science and biotechnologies with unpredictable consequences.
Content of studies is as follows: Biomedical ethics and theory of ethics, physician’s obligations and patient’s rights, professional’s obligations, institutions and patient’s rights, ethical issues on human and animal experimentations, health, disease and values, new medical technologies, involuntary civil commitment, sterilization and the right of the mentally retarded, social justice and health-care policy, euthanasia in Medieval and contemporary Armenia (D. Anhaght, M. Gosh, S. Gundstable etc.), word therapy, music therapy (G. Narekatsi).
Methods of teaching are as follows: lectures, practical classes (34 hours), and researches students conduct.
Staff of the department
||Head of Department, Associate Professor, PhD
||Associate Professor, PhD|
|Melqonyan A.A.||Assistant Professor, PhD|
|Balayan A. G.||Assistant Professor|
|Azizyan A.A.||Assistant Professor|
|Nemishalyan R.||Assistant Professor|
Address: RA, Yerevan, 0025, 2 Koryun str., YSMU, Department of Philosophy
Tel.: (+37410) 564 510
Fax: (+37410) 582 532