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BETH5104 - Bioethics, Law 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): 1
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 presented in an intensive format with up to four hours per week spent on online learning tasks, small group sessions and consultation with lecturers.

Assessment: Essays, short written assignments.

The unit of study will begin by introducing students to interrelationships between health care, ethics and the law. In particular students will explore the moral basis of law and the means by which law influences moral norms, clinical practice and health policy. Students will be shown how to critically read and analyse primary sources of law relevant to bioethics. Students will then examine a number of areas of law that have particular significance for bioethics and society including the law of tort (consent and standards of care), contract (confidentiality), criminal law (euthanasia and abortion), public health law, administrative law and law reform.
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