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Philosophy of Medicine - BETH5102

Year - 2018

This unit of study introduces some philosophical questions and debates concerning medicine and the biomedical sciences. It is divided into three sections. The first explores basic concepts and distinctions such as health, disease, mental illness and disability. The second section deals with topics that lie at the heart of a scientific approach to medicine, namely, causation, experimentation, evidence and clinical reasoning. The final section of the course invites students to reflect critically on the preceding section by exploring the rationality claims of non-orthodox approaches, by inquiring closely into the meaning of medical terms, and by taking a broad view of the notion of risk. All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.

Classes
Online presentations plus 12x1.5hr seminars, or fully online

Assessment
1x1200wd short written exercise (25%); 1x3000-4000wd major essay (60%); participation in seminars or online (10%); online quizzes (5%)

Textbooks
Required readings are available through the unit of study website. Supplementary readings can be accessed through the university library.

Additional information
If an insufficient number of students opt to attend seminars on campus, the co-ordinator may choose to teach this Unit of Study in online mode only. Students will be contacted if this occurs.

Details

Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

05 Mar 2018

Department/School: Sydney Health Ethics
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Census Date: 31 Mar 2018
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

05 Mar 2018

Department/School: Sydney Health Ethics
Study Mode: Online
Census Date: 31 Mar 2018
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Prof Christopher Jordens
HECS Band: 2
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