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 effect 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.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentNo

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLindsay Carey

Class requirements

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.

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.


Assessment elementComments%
One 1,000-word individual reading review (Module 1).40
One 1,000-word seminar presentation (Module 2).20
One 1,500-word final essay (Module 3).40