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.
13 x 2hr seminars or online only. Attendance is compulsory if enrolled in face-to-face mode.
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%)
All readings can be accessed through the library or online
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.