Ethical, Social, Legal and Privacy Issues (RHHG5013)


The objective is for the student to know relevant legal principles and their application to reproductive health sciences and genetics. To understand the concept of ethical reasoning and apply to issues in reproductive medicine. To research an issue in reproductive medicine and genetics and discuss in terms of ethical, social and legal perspectives.

Case studies are used to initiate discussion of these issues. Topics include active and passive euthanasia; artificial insemination; assisted conception and embryo experimentation; abortion; legal rights of parents, fetuses and infants; relationships between parents, doctors and other health care providers; informed consent; errors in diagnosis; peer review; hospital and clinical records; population-based data systems.

Further unit of study information


6x4hr lectures


oral presentation (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.