INTRODUCTION TO BIOETHICS AND HEALTH CARE

PHE1IBH

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Within this subject, students will be introduced to key ethical and bioethical principles (Module 1), issues and decisions encountered within the clinical context (Module 2), and more broadly within the public health arena (Module 3) that affect patients, families, health care staff and health care organisations. Students will initially explore traditional ethical foundations but predominantly focus on more contemporary bioethical principles. Bioethical issues relevant to clinical and public health contexts will be discussed, exploring a number of practical examples (eg. organ transplantation, euthanasia, etc.), as well as the professional role of allied health practitioners, nurses, dentists and medical professionals. Bioethical issues effecting health care organisations, administrators and government policy will also be considered.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrinciples of Biomedical Ethics (7th edn)RecommendedBeauchamp T.L., Childress, J.F. (2012 / 2013)OUP PRESS
Readings Bioethics: The basics.RecommendedCampbell, Alastair V. (2013)TAYLOR & FRANCIS.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Knowledge. Students will be able to list, define and distinguish bioethical principles.

Activities:
Complete Module 1, literature review and essay assignment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Comprehension 1. Students will be able to describe, explain and analyse clinical bioethical issues utilising bioethical principles.

Activities:
Complete Module 2, attend/present student seminar and discussion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Communication (Communication)

03. Comprehension 2. Students will be able to describe, explain and analyse public health bioethical issues utilising bioethical principles.

Activities:
Complete Module 3. Attend/present student seminar and discussion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Application. Students will be able to utilise bioethical principles to assist the assessment of clinical and public health care decision making.

Activities:
Complete Modules 1, 2 and 3. Attend/present student seminar and discussion, plus essay assignment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Writing (Writing)

05. Critical thinking/problem solving. Students will be able to analyse the utility and limitations of bioethical principles, plus synthesise options and possible solutions/policies to address contemporary issues/problems.

Activities:
Complete Modules 1, 2 and 3, attend/present student seminar and discussion, plus essay assignment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000-word individual reading review (Module 1).20 01
One 1,000-word group social-media seminar presentation (Module 2).20 02
One 1,500-word individual final essay (Module 3).60 01, 02