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CHB5255 - Legal Issues in Bioethics and Health Care Ethics

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Justin Oakley


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit provides a framework for understanding the role and impact of law in areas of concern in bioethics. The unit focuses initially on views about what values the state ought to promote, the justifiable limits of legislative intervention, and approaches to public policy formulation in a democratic pluralist society. We then examine the current law and legal approach (particularly in Australia) to areas of bioethical concern, such as abortion, voluntary euthanasia, selective treatment of severely handicapped newborn infants, prenatal diagnosis, surrogate motherhood, and the health professional-patient relationship, particularly with regard to informed consent and confidentiality.


Essay (3000 words): 60%
Take-home exam (2000 words): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours per week