APG5210 - Bioethics theory and practice - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Organisational Unit

Monash Bioethics Centre

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Michael Selgelid


Professor Michael Selgelid

Unit guides


Monash Medical Centre

  • Term 1 2018 (On-campus block of classes)





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.

See also Unit timetable information

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