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APG5730

Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Human Bioethics
OfferedCity (Melbourne) First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ryan Tonkens

Notes

Previously coded CHB5204

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should have acquired the skills to:

  • uncover the political values underlying views about State regulation of various reproductive and health care practices;
  • think critically about those political values;
  • understand some of the practical problems in State regulation of various reproductive and health care practices;
  • develop sufficient understanding of the ethics of regulating various reproductive and health care practices to provide a basis for forming your own views on these matters.

Assessment

Written work (5000 words): 50%
Take home exam: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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.

Prerequisites

APG4393 or APG5393 or equivalent or with approval
It is recommended that students complete APG5729 prior to enrolling in APG5730

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