Clinical Ethics (BETH5204)


This unit will provide students with an overview of the broader ethical, social and cultural issues that underlie the delivery of healthcare. Students will explore major conceptual models for ethical reasoning in the clinical context; the design and delivery of clinical ethics consultation; and issues relating to the role of the professions. The unit will also examine the foundations of clinical practice, including consent, competence, confidentiality, and decision-making. The unit will consider specific issues and populations within clinical practice, such as the care of vulnerable populations, mental health, and chronic illness. Learning activities will include lectures (in an intensive format), facilitated discussion, case study presentations, and readings. All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.

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4x8hr Intensives or Distance Education (online). Attendance is compulsory if enrolled in face-to-face mode.


1x1500wd case study (30%); 1x2500wd essay (50%); participation in seminars or online and completion of short online tasks (20%)


Students are provided with a book of readings (in digital format). Most supplementary readings can be accessed through the library or online.

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