Faculty of Arts
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Organisational Unit||Centre for Human Bioethics|
|Offered||City (Melbourne) First semester 2014 (Day)|
Clayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
|Coordinator(s)||Dr Ryan Tonkens|
Previously coded CHB5204
This unit provides a framework for analysing and evaluating public policy and law in areas of concern in bioethics. The unit focuses initially on what values the state ought to promote, and the formulation of public policy in democratic pluralist societies. These political moralities are then used to examine current law and public policy in areas of bioethical concern, such as abortion, pre-birth testing, embryonic stem cell research, reproductive cloning, surrogate motherhood, voluntary euthanasia, and the treatment of newborn infants with severe disabilities. The unit also considers law and public policy in relation to informed consent, conflict of interest, and the regulation of research on humans.
On successful completion of this unit, students should have acquired the skills to:
Written work (5000 words): 50%
Take home exam: 50%
For on-campus students: four day-long seminars during the semester, most likely in Weeks 1, 4, 7 and 10.
For off-campus students: no timetabled contact hours although students are welcome to attend seminars for on-campus students when the unit is running in both modes.