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MFM1017 - Ethics

8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.1666667 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr C Hassed


Clayton First semester 2008 (Off-campus)


This elective unit involves the principles of ethical action, the philosophical tradition, principles in practice, resource allocation, issues of life and death, issues of sexuality, confidentiality and special interest areas.


On completion of the unit students should be:

  1. Aware of the scope of ethical issues and attitudes;
  2. Familiar with the language and concepts which form the basis of ethical debate;
  3. More able to enter into philosophical reflection about the basis of beliefs and attitudes;
  4. Able to delineate between what is an ethical and what is a legal argument;
  5. Aware of the overlap between legal, moral and ethical influences on behaviour;
  6. Aware of the role that cultural influences have on ethical decisions;
  7. More aware of themselves as decision makers and the influence that personal factors may have on a decision;
  8. More conscious of the interactions between the doctor and the health care system.


Assignment 1 (25%), Assignment 2 (20%), Essay (30%), Video (15%), Case Commentary (10%)

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