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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Michael Selgelid


Previously coded CHB5204


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.


On successful completion of APG5730 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 (5000 words): 50%
Take home exam: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Michael Selgelid

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.


APG5393 or equivalent


APG5730 and APG5734; APG5730 and APG4715

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