Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Human Bioethics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter Douglas


Previously coded CHB4300


This unit focuses on the full range of ethical issues that arise in research involving humans, including medical, scientific and social research. It covers topics such as acceptable and unacceptable risks to research participants, conflicts of interest, informed consent and waiver of consent, surrogate decision making, biobanks, commercialization of medical and scientific research, and research conducted on vulnerable people. Throughout the unit use will be made of case studies, ethical frameworks and principles, and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their own experiences with human research ethics.


  1. To obtain a comprehensive grasp of the full range of ethical issues that can arise with research involving humans
  2. To understand the ethical frameworks and principles relevant to human research
  3. To be able to use ethical principles and reasoning to arrive at well-argued conclusions about particular ethical dilemmas in human research
  4. To obtain a thorough understanding of The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and how it is applied in concrete cases
  5. To obtain a good understanding of international guidelines on human research ethics.
  6. To be able to critically engage with the bioethical literature around the ethics of research involving humans and construct arguments for novel conclusions in relation to that literature


Written work (9000 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

The unit will consist of two intensive weekend seminars.


APG4393 or equivalent

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