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CHB4102

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter Douglas

Synopsis

This unit examines a variety of ethical issues concerning the beginning and end of life, such as the morality of abortion, infanticide, and causing death. The unit also deals with the ethical problems raised by new reproductive research and biomedical technologies, such as embryo experimentation, cloning, genetic counselling, genetic therapy and genetic engineering. There will be discussion of a range of philosophical problems central to these issues, including the sanctity of life doctrine, notions of potentiality, the nature of personhood, the acts/omissions distinction, and the definition of death.
For further information, please see: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/bioethics/pgrad/units/chb4102.php

Assessment

Essay (5000 words): 50%
Take-home exam: 50% (For DE students required to keep a journal)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Peter Douglas

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

Prerequisites

CHB4101 or equivalent

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/bioethics/pgrad/units/chb4102.php