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Critical Concepts in Bioethics - BETH5000

Year - 2020

This unit of study offers a critical review of the field and methods of bioethics. The course explores the meaning of 'bioethics' as a concept and practice, both historically and in contemporary discussions. The seminars explore a diverse range of different perspectives and methods that people have used in bioethics from a critical perspective. Topics include the exploration of 'bioethics' as a topic and concept, the focus on the ethical dimensions of advances in biomedical science and biotechnology, using different theoretical positions such as risk and precaution, virtue, narrative, political philosophy, cross-cultural bioethics, especially indigenous thinking, feminist bioethics, bioethics and non-human animals, public health and, climate change and ecological and environmental bioethics. Learning activities will include seminars and small group discussion.

Classes
13 x 2hr seminars or online only. Attendance is compulsory if enrolled in face-to-face mode.

Assessment
1 x 750 word review (15%) and 1 x 1500 word essay (30%) and 1 x 2000-2500 word essay (45%) and 1 x online work/class participation (10%)

Textbooks
All readings can be accessed through the library or online

Additional information
This is a Capstone Unit for the Master of Bioethics. If an insufficient number of students opt to attend seminars on campus, the coordinator may choose to teach this unit of study in online mode only. Students will be contacted if this occurs.

Details

Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2 Early

03 Aug 2020

Department/School: Sydney Health Ethics
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Census Date: 31 Aug 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2 Early

03 Aug 2020

Department/School: Sydney Health Ethics
Study Mode: Online
Census Date: 31 Aug 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Professor Angus Dawson
HECS Band: 2
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