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Introduction to ethical reasoning

Analysis of bioethics issues
This short online course will equip you with the knowledge of a range of theoretical frameworks and contemporary approaches to assist in analysing issues that may arise in bioethics.

Course overview

Gain a background in philosophical ethics necessary to engage in advanced analysis of issues in bioethics. This course familiarises students with classical theoretical frameworks such as virtue ethics, Kantian deontology, and utilitarianism that have been influential in the history of Western philosophy.

The unit also examines more contemporary approaches to ethics, such as the capabilities approach, feminist ethics, human rights doctrines, and poststructuralist approaches. Across these different theoretical frameworks, discussions will focus on topics such as cultural relativism, universalism in ethics, difference and power.

Important: This short course is a variant of the unit of study, Introduction to Ethical Reasoning (BETH5101). It enables you to complete the unit without formal university enrolment. You will receive a certificate of completion, however, you will not receive credit points towards a University of Sydney degree.

To receive credit points and an academic transcript, please see the Medicine Postgraduate Non Award.

Key information
Course fees
  • $1,100 (incl. GST)
  • 10% discount for groups of three or more participants from the same institution or organisation
Course structure

13-week online course comprising of lectures and activities

Application deadline TBC
Dates TBC

How to apply


Complete the online application. You will be able to enter payment details as part of this secure process. 

Groups (three or more)

Complete the group application form (pdf, 57.7KB) and submit it to

University of Sydney staff

Contact us regarding a journal transfer after you have submitted your application form.

Group application form

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