Subject details

  • Topics
    • Ethics and Human Rights
    • Understanding Medical Ethics and Bioethics
    • The Ethical Reasoning Model
    • The influence of culture, religion and gender on Ethical Reasoning
    • Ethics in Humanitarian Action
    • Case Studies in Humanitarian Action
    • Inequity, equity and resource allocation in health
    • Ethical Issues in international nursing and midwifery
    • Ethical research in international

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. describe the universal bioethical principles
  2. propose sound and sustainable solutions to ethical dilemmas encountered when working with vulnerable communities
  3. analyse and propose solutions to ethical issues that may occur when working in or conducting research in developing countries
  4. appraise how universal ethical principles can be successfully articulated within diverse cultural contexts.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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Special requirements

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An introduction to ethics, bioethics and ethical practice; moral reasoning and ethical theories; the Ethical Reasoning Model and the four principles and the meaning of commitment to ethics for a practitioner in international health. Applying frameworks in response to ethical dilemmas; cultural diversity and ethical practice; emerging arguments about the relationship between health, ethics and human rights. Covering current debates about the ethical conduct of research in developing countries; the ethical dimension of health equity and resource allocation.

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