LAWS 2014 Bioethics

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 201044

Coordinator Chee Foong Opens in new window

Description This unit covers the ethical and legal issues associated with medical practice and research, including issues raised by new developments in biotechnology. Topics covered include the following: the nature of moral thinking, issues of life and death, experimentation and research involving human subjects, genetic technology, new reproductive technologies, consent and confidentiality.

School Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 2013 AND
LAWS 1006 OR
LAWS 1008 OR
LAWS 1009

Equivalent Subjects JUST 2002 - Bioethics

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critically apply major ethical theories and concepts to biomedical issues and problems
  2. Engage in critical, interdisciplinary analysis of the causes, consequences and problems of contemporary patterns of health and illness and biomedical research
  3. Examine ethical and legal issues raised by recent developments in biotechnology, including and cloning and stem research
  4. Apply relevant ethical and legal ideas to practical bioethical problem situations and biomedical law reform

Subject Content

Introduction to bioethics law
Medical and health ethics and law
Health and medical research
Biotechnology: Cloning and stem cell research
Genetic technology
Assisted reproductive technology (ART)
Confidentiality and privacy


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Participation: In class participation: Discussion/participation Ongoing 10 N Individual
Essay 1500 words 30 N Individual
Take Home Exam 3 hours 60 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • White, Ben, Fiona McDonald, Lindy Willmott, Health Law in Australia (Thomson Reuters, 2nd ed, 2014)

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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