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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 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 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Michael Selgelid


Previously coded CHB1010


This unit investigates ethical issues raised by current and likely future developments in biotechnology and genetics. The unit examines ethical issues in the following areas, outlining the latest research in each case: genetic engineering and 'enhancement' of human traits; therapeutic and reproductive cloning; human embryonic stem cell research; the creation of cross-species hybrids; in vitro fertilisation; and preimplantation and prenatal genetic diagnosis and selection.


On successfully completing this unit, students will have: a familiarity with contemporary and historical debates about new technologies in bioethics; skills that enable them to think critically about some key ethical issues raised by current and future developments in biotechnology and genetics; and the ability to make informed judgements about those ethical issues.


Written work: 60%
2 hour exam: 35%
Tutorial performance: 5%

Chief examiner(s)

Robert Sparrow

Contact hours

2 one-hour lectures and a one-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


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