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The course provides an overview of moral theories, and explores why moral dilemmas arise and contexts in which ethical decision-making may occur. Legal, regulatory and policy frameworks that specify the responsibilities of those making ethical decisions in the delivery of health care are also explored. Students are taught critical appraisal techniques and share the experiences of professionals from a wide variety of disciplines who are faced with real life dilemmas and have to make ethical decisions daily.
Decisions made in the delivery of health care often involve making moral choices when the ‘right’ thing to do is not immediately obvious. For example:What should clinicians do if they prescribe a treatment that they know will save the life of the person in their care but this is refused because of a piece of popular literature that advises against it?What should managers do when clinicians want a newly developed, expensive piece of equipment that has been shown to improve clinical outcomes but the institution they work in cannot afford it?
By the end of the course students will have an understanding of: Bioethics in a global context Comparative moral theory and concepts The emergence of 'medical' bioethics The nature of moral/ethical issues in healthcare settings Critical appraisal techniques for resolving ethical dilemmas and their application Regulatory and disciplinary frameworks governing ethical decision- making in New Zealand
Subject to approval of the Head of School
HLTH433, HLTH434, HLTH607, PHIL325, PHIL433, PHIL434, PHIL474
(W, Th, F): August 1, 2, 3 (W, Th, F): Sept 12, 13, 14
The co-ordinator and lecturer from the University of Canterbury will teach the course along with a number of guests invited from within the University, health and other sectors.
The course is taught in accordance with University policies. Assessment information and grading system will be posted on UC LEARN2.
Beauchamp, Tom L. , Childress, James F;
Principles of biomedical ethics;
Oxford University Press, 2013.
Berglund, Catherine Anne;
Ethics for health care;
Oxford University Press, 2012.
Have, H. ten;
Global bioethics : an introduction;
Kuhse, Helga. , Singer, Peter;
A companion to bioethics;
Intervention and reflection : basic issues in bioethics;
Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2012.
Required reading:Topics will have assigned readings that will be referenced on LEARN2, the University’s online course support website http://www.learn.canterbury.ac.nz/, or sourced by students from the UC library databases.Students will be required to access and download PDF files of journal articles from UC Library.
Grading ScaleGrade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A Pass is 50 marks or over
Students will be expected to submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn class site by 5.00pm on or before the due date. The lecturer may also ask students to submit assessment work through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. If this option is available students will submit work through Turnitin and obtain a report, after submitting assignments for marking via the Learn site.It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. If you require assistance, please email email@example.com, or phone 366 7001 ext 6060.
Domestic fee $2,108.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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School of Health Sciences.