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APR5394

Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Human Bioethics
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Michael Selgelid

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.

Assessment

Written work (6500 words): 75%
Take-home exam (2500 words): 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One x 2.5-hour seminar per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

For off-campus students: no timetabled contact hours although students are welcome to attend seminars for on-campus students when the unit is running in both modes.

Prohibitions

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