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BETH5204: Clinical Ethics

This unit will facilitate students to critically review the ethical issues that underlie the delivery of healthcare. Students will explore: dominant theoretical approaches relevant to ethical reasoning in the clinical context; key ethical concepts in the clinical encounter (such as autonomy, professionalism and confidentiality); major contexts in which ethical issues arise in clinical practice (such as the start and end of life); and the role of clinical ethics consultation. The unit will also consider specific issues and populations within clinical practice, such as healthcare in underserved populations. This Unit is taught predominantly online. Depending on student interest, periodic interactive workshops will also be offered. These can be attended in person, or via Zoom (synchronously or asynchronously).

Code BETH5204
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify and describe relevant moral theories used to consider ethical issues in health care
  • LO2. Outline, synthesise and critically reflect on predominant concepts in clinical ethics and their application in health care
  • LO3. Synthesise and critically engage with the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical ethics support