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Bioethics in Professional Life
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The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to delivering an excellent student experience, alongside a high standard of teaching, research, and training. As a leader in ethical education, Notre Dame aims to develop students’ critical reasoning and their ability to make ethical decisions—crucial skills to progressing their careers and leading purposeful lives. At Notre Dame, students navigate their future with an ethical education online.
On completion of this course students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Analyse selected complex ethical issues related to healthcare.
- Critique the ethical principles guiding decision making in healthcare and by the medical profession.
- Apply bioethical concepts and reasoning in exercising professional judgement.
- Formulate practical steps to implement an ethical course of action.
- Foundations of bioethics
- Bioethics in action
- Ethical issues at the beginning of life
- Ethical issues at the end of life
- Ethical issues in delivering healthcare
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No additional requirements
Bioethics in Professional Life aims to address selected ethical issues relevant to health care and clinical research. Topics to be covered will include: an introduction to bioethics; constructing an ethics toolbox; the relation between bioethics and law; respecting the dignity of the person in providing health care; ethical issues at the beginning and at the end of life; ethical issues in contemporary medical practice; and ethical analysis of conflicts between respecting individual autonomy and protecting the common good. The ethical issues raised in exploring these topics will be considered, as appropriate, at individual, institutional, societal and global levels.
- Assessment of engagement in discussion groups (10%)
- Individual presentation of opinion or editorial piece (40%)
- Written opinion of editorial piece (50%)
Current study term: 01 Aug 21 to 05 Nov 21
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