|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
Term 3 - Online
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject explores the ethical issues that may arise at the end of life. Beginning with a multidisciplinary exploration of the concept of the end of life, students will investigate a number of longstanding as well as emerging issues that confront individuals, families, professionals and societies. Students will consider the implications of making decisions in various domains at different stages of the end of life, as well as the potential role of families, friends, carers, health professionals, lawyers, other professionals and policy makers in such decision making.
The subject will focus in particular on the role and responsibilities of professionals working with people preparing for or at the end of their lives. Topics may include historical and cultural perspectives on mortality and the end of life; justice in the distribution of resources at the end of life; the concept of a "good death" and euthanasia; determination of death and deceased donation of organs and tissues; and end-of life care planning and decision-making.
The curriculum for this subject will engage with art as a medium for reflection on ethical issues. Throughout the subject, students will explore a number of artworks independently and with their peers in exercises designed to foster skills in observation, interpretation, and analysis as well emotional engagement.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Recognise, explain and critically reflect on ethical issues concerned with the end of life from a variety of perspectives, and identify professional ethical responsibilities that may be relevant in the context of end of life issues.
- Demonstrate an informed understanding of core ethical principles and concepts through exposition and application of these in the analysis of end- of-life issues.
- Formulate reflective arguments outlining potential solutions to ethical dilemmas in the context of the end of life.
- Identify, critically analyse, and explain ethical dilemmas that may confront professionals working with people at the end of life, and formulate solutions to these dilemmas that are well grounded in ethical arguments.
Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:
- Enhanced skills in critical thinking and analysis of issues in public policy and practice from an ethical perspective.
- Advanced oral and written communication skills.
- Advanced skills in reasoning, persuasion and effective argumentation.
- Ability to identify, evaluate and integrate ethical theory with empirical knowledge in public health and clinical care, policy and practice.
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- 1a. Contribution to small group activity with peers that involves observation, description, and analysis of ethical issues inspired by specific artworks. Weeks 2, 5 and 6 (10%)
- 1b. Reflective blog summarizing learning from small group activity (500 words) due End of Term (10%)
- 2. Written reflective essay discussing an ethical issue in the context of end of life (1250 words) due Mid Term (25%)
- 3. Structured peer review of another student’s essay (250 words) due Mid Term (5%)
- 4. Argumentative essay exploring an ethical issue for professionals working in the end-of-life (2,500 words) due at the End of Term (50%)
Dates & times
- Term 3 - Online
Principal coordinator Lynn Gillam Mode of delivery Online Contact hours 30 hours Total time commitment 170 hours Pre teaching start date 10 July 2017 Teaching period 17 July 2017 to 10 September 2017 Last self-enrol date 11 July 2017 Census date 4 August 2017 Last date to withdraw without fail 25 August 2017 Assessment period ends 15 September 2017
Term 3 contact information
Time commitment details
Students will have access to electronic copies of relevant readings.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Graduate Diploma in Ageing Course Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Science Course Master of Public Administration (Enhanced) Course Master of Public Administration Course Specialist Certificate in Ageing Course Master of Ageing Course Master of Public Health Course Graduate Certificate in Ageing Course Master of Rehabilitation Science Course Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Science Informal specialisation Ageing Informal specialisation 100 Point Master of Public Policy and Management Informal specialisation 200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management Informal specialisation 150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.