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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 analysing and evaluating public policy and law in areas of concern in bioethics. The unit focuses initially on what values the state ought to promote, and the formulation of public policy in democratic pluralist societies. These political moralities are then used to examine current law and public policy in areas of bioethical concern, such as abortion, prenatal diagnosis, embryonic stem cell research, reproductive cloning, surrogate motherhood, voluntary euthanasia, and the treatment of severely handicapped newborn infants. The unit also considers law and public policy in relation to informed consent, and the regulation of research on humans.
For further information, please see: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/bioethics/pgrad/units/chb5204.php


On successful completion of CHB5204 students should have acquired the skills to:

  • uncover the political values underlying views about State regulation of various reproductive and health care practices
  • think critically about those political values
  • understand some of the practical problems in State regulation of various reproductive and health care practices
  • develop sufficient understanding of the ethics of regulating various reproductive and health care practices to provide a basis for forming your own views on these matters.


Written work: 60% (6000 words)
Take home exam: 40%

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.


CHB5101 or equivalent


CHB5204 and CHB5255; CHB5204 and CHB4204

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