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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Second semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Justin Oakley


This unit provides a framework for understanding the role and impact of law in areas of concern in bioethics, and considers how ethical and social debate can affect the process of law reform. It initially examines what values the state ought to be committed to, and the justifiable limits on legislative intervention. This is followed by an examination of the current law and legal approach to areas of bioethical concern, such as abortion, prenatal diagnosis, IVF, embryo experimentation, informed consent, confidentiality, and euthanasia. The process of legal change and development and its relationship to scientific advances and ethical debate will also be discussed.
For further information, please see: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/bioethics/pgrad/units/chb4204.php


Written work: 50% (5000 words)
Take home exam: 50% ; DE students required to keep a journal.

Chief examiner(s)

Justin Oakley

Contact hours

Four day-long seminars during the semester. A day-long seminar will be held in Week 1, Week 4, Week 7, and Week 10.


CHB4101 and CHB4203, or equivalent

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: