Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an overview of the issues faced by citizens, their family and friends, caregivers, and other providers of end of life services such as health services, funeral services, and financial services, Social and cultural approaches to dying, and concepts of a good death, that inform ethical expectations and decision-making will be outlined. Ethical imperatives of end of life care, particularly recent discussions of compassionate care, with be reviewed. These ideas will then be applied to a critical examination of the ethical governance of formal and informal care, ethical issues in professional practice, and end of life legislation.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBruce Rumbold

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesEngaging with lectures, guest speakers and subject readings, and the completion of two written assessments (each worth 50%).

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Selected readings aligning with subject content and SILOs.

Resource TypeJournal article

Resource RequirementN/A






Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop an understanding of social and cultural origins of contemporary ethical issues at end of life.
02. Learn to identify differing ethical stances on end of life issues and relate these to an ethic of compassionate care.
03. Explore the impact of social and cultural determinants on the ethical decision-making of individuals, social networks, and providers of end of life services.
04. Understand contemporary end of life legislation and its implications for particular people, professional care providers, and end of life services.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, LTU Term 4, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBruce Rumbold

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 35
One 3.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 35 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Literature Review (2,500 words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO3

Presentation of an Argument and/or Perspective (2,500 words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO4