|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject introduces students to the study of bioethics, with a focus on key issues in public health. It explores theoretical frameworks and major debates in public health ethics, in both the Australian and global contexts.
Topics include: ethical theory, the nature of public health ethics, vaccination, population screening, selective reproduction, and resource allocation.
Students will be introduced to concepts and frameworks for thinking about ethical issues, and learn skills for identifying and analysing ethical problems.
Intended learning outcomes
- Understand the process of ethical analysis in practice
- Reflectively identify and challenge moral intuitions
- Engage with academic literature in an informed and critical way
- Understand key concepts and approaches in bioethics, particularly public health ethics
- Be able to use these concepts and approaches to perform an ethical analysis
Students undertaking this subject should acquire:
- Skills in ethical reasoning and analysis
- Knowledge of the fundamental debates in health care and public health
- Attitudes comfortable with moral ambiguity and complexity
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
Five reflective journals (300 words each)
|From Week 3 to Week 8||30%|
Critical analysis of literature
|During the examination period||30%|
Hurdle requirementHurdle requirement: Attendance at a minimum of 80% is required to pass this subject
|Throughout the semester||N/A|
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Ros McDougall Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 30 Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Time commitment details
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
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- 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.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.