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Contemporary Bioethics

Enrolment code: HPA200/300

Offered: not offered in 2003

Unit description:

A philosophical survey of some of the major ethical issues confronting modern medicine. The unit focuses on three main areas: assisted reproductive technologies and genetics, including cloning; decisions regarding the end of life; and matters of social justice, such as the rationing of health care. Much of the debate on these issues has been in terms of individual liberty, control, choice, rights and contracts. The unit explores the possibility that moral questions related to bioethical issues, and their possible answers, can be framed with respect to both individual and community considerations. These altemative understandings of the beginning and the end of human life are developed through the examination of the values that families serve, such as loyalty, affection, trust, care and nurturing.

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Unit weight 12.5% To see normal University Admission requirements
Teaching pattern 5 hrs fortnightly Timetable
Prerequisites 25% level 100 philosophy or, where appropriate, completion of 1st-year in any discipline  
Mutual exclusions HPA269/369  
Assessment mode 3,000-word essay (40%), tutorial participation (10%), 2-hr exam (50%) Examinations timetable (Users will need to know their login name (POP account) and password)
Required texts etc Arras JD & Steinbock B, Ethical Issues in Mordern Medicine, 5th edn, Mayfield Publ, Mountain View, Ca, 1999 Library Catalogue
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Majors: [Discipline and school information] Philosophy  
Courses Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Arts (See also combined degrees)
Faculty website Faculty of Arts  
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