Faculty of Arts

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Human Bioethics
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Prof. Michael Selgelid


Previously coded CHB4204


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, pre-birth testing, embryonic stem cell research, reproductive cloning, surrogate motherhood, voluntary euthanasia, and the treatment of newborn infants with severe disabilities. The unit also considers law and public policy in relation to informed consent, conflicts of interest, and the regulation of research on humans.


Written work: 50% (5000 words)
Take home exam: 50%.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

For on-campus students: four day-long seminars during the semester, most likely in Weeks 1, 4, 7 and 10.
For off-campus students: no timetabled contact hours although students are welcome to attend seminars for on-campus students when the unit is running in both modes.


APG4393 and APG4714, or equivalent or with approval

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