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Philosophy of Medicine - BETH5102

Year - 2020

This unit of study introduces some philosophical questions and debates concerning medicine and the biomedical sciences. It is divided into three sections. The first explores basic concepts and distinctions such as health, disease, mental illness and disability. The second section deals with topics that lie at the heart of a scientific approach to medicine, namely, causation, experimentation, evidence and clinical reasoning. The final section of the course invites students to reflect critically on the preceding section by exploring the rationality claims of non-orthodox approaches, by inquiring closely into the meaning of medical terms, and by taking a broad view of the notion of risk. All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.

discussions and formal content (lectures) are all online.

1 x 1200 word short written exercise (20%); 1 x 3000-4000 word major essay (60%); online quizzes and participation online discussions (20%)

Required readings are available through the unit of study Learning Management System.

Additional information
Online only.


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Sydney Health Ethics
Study Mode: Online
Census Date: 31 Mar 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
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Prof Christopher Jordens
HECS Band: 2
Courses that offer this unit

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