LAWS 7008 Bioethics in Perspective

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200957

Coordinator Chee Foong Opens in new window

Description This unit explores a range of ethical and legal issues in public health, biomedical research, biotechnology and medical practice.

School Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 4912 - Bioethics

Incompatible Subjects JUST 2002 - Bioethics

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 8083 Bachelor of Research Studies, 8084/8085 Master of Research, 2824 Master of Laws or 2826 Juris Doctor.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor of Laws or equivalent qualification.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Evaluate ethical concepts, principles and theories that arise in debates concerning the applications of biomedical and biotechnological developments from different international and local contexts and perspectives
  2. Assess the causes, consequences and problems of contemporary patterns of health and illness, health inequalities, healthcare provision and biomedical research
  3. Critically apply relevant ethical and legal ideas to practical biotechnological problem situations, biomedical law reform and legal issues raised by recent developments in biotechnology, including cloning and stem research.
  4. Present clear evidenced-based arguments in support of own ethical position and values

Subject Content

Introduction and overview
Ethical thinking
Food, water and climate change
Genetically engineered (GE) foods
Public and private health provision
Human and animal experimentation
Medical negligence
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
Presentation 20 minutes 20 N Individual
2A. Research Proposal 1,000 words 20 N Individual
2B. Research Report 4,000 words 60 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Ben White, Fiona McDonald and Lindy Willmott, Health Law in Australia (Thomson Reuters, 3rd ed, 2018). ISBN: 9780455238753.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


Subject Contact Chee Foong Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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