HLTH407-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017


30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


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?

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Equivalent Courses


Timetable Note

(W, Th, F): July 26, 27, 28 & Sept 13, 14, 15

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Health Sciences Head of Department

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.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Discussion paper 18 Aug 2017 30% Due by 17.00.
Critical evaluation 08 Sep 2017 20% Due by 17.00.
Case study 06 Oct 2017 20% Due by 17.00.
Discussion paper 03 Nov 2017 30% Due by 17.00.

The course is taught in accordance with University policies. Assessment information and grading system will be posted on UC LEARN2.

Textbooks / Resources

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.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A Pass is 50 marks or over

Where to submit and collect work

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 ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 366 7001 ext 6060.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,066.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All HLTH407 Occurrences

  • HLTH407-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017