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BETH5103 - Biomedicine and Society
Faculty of Science - 6 credit points
HECS Band six
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: History and Philosophy of Science
Offered session(s): 2
Assumed knowledge: A three-year undergraduate degree in science, medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, or other relevant field, or by special permission.
Classes: The equivalent of one 2-hour seminar per week with up to 4 hours per week week spent on online learning tasks, small group sessions, project work and consultation with lecturers.

Assessment: Essays, short written assignments, presentation/project.

This unit introduces students to the complex relationships between biomedicine and society utilizing several disciplines including philosophy, ethics, sociology, anthropology and linguistics. Students will consider issues such as power in the biomedical professions and industries; the illness experience; the role of the healer; biomedicine and indigenous cultures and non-western notions of illness and care.A limited number of students may be granted permission to take this unit during their honours year.
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