Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Human Bioethics
OfferedClayton Term 1 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter Douglas


The unit provides a broad overview of the discipline of bioethics. Following an introduction to ethical theory and bioethical analysis, it covers traditional topics in bioethics and contemporary/emerging issues of bioethical debate--including doctor-patient relationships, ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, research ethics, ethical issues surrounding new (e.g., genetic) technologies, justice and the distribution of medical resources, and public health ethics.


  1. To obtain familiarity with the broad range of ethical issues arising in healthcare and biomedical science and technology
  2. To understand the ethical frameworks and principles relevant to bioethics
  3. To be able to use ethical principles and reasoning to arrive at well-argued conclusions about particular ethical dilemmas in bioethics
  4. To be able to critically engage with the bioethical literature and construct arguments for novel conclusions in relation to that literature


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
+ The unit is taught intensively.

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