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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.
By the end of the HLTH407, 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- The responsibilities of people working in the health sector when ethical issues arise- 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
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Sandy Kathryn Richardson
Highly Recommended: • Beauchamp, T.L. & Childress, J.F., (2015). Principles of Medical Bioethics (7th Ed. Rev.). New York: Oxford University Press.• Johnstone, M-J. (2019). Bioethics. A Nursing perspective. (7th ed). Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier.Links to further readings will be posted on LEARN throughout the course.
Academic dishonesty is viewed very seriously, and can result in punishments ranging from a mark of zero to expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to read, understand and follow the relevant university regulations. If you are uncertain about this, please consult your lecturer.Common forms of academic dishonesty include:• Plagiarism (e.g. copying a quote from a book/article without using quotation marks and citing the source)• Collusion (e.g. copying the work of others or allowing your work to be copied) •• Cheating in examinations/tests (e.g. using crib notes)The library has an excellent guide to help you understand plagiarism at http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/services/ref/plagiarism.shtml . You are also referred to Regulation J of the General Course and Examinations Regulations.In this course we will use Turnitin software for the detection of plagiarism, which will require you to submit your assessments electronically.
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
Any assessment submitted late (without a previously arranged extension) will be subject to a penalty at the rate of 10% of the assessment marks per day. Any assessment turned in after 5 days will not be marked.
In the event of exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) that prevent you from working, you may apply for an extension before the due date for an assignment. You should contact Dr Sandy Richardson in writing, and explain why you are requesting an extension. Evidence to support your application must be provided (e.g. medical certificate). Extensions cannot extend past the date on which the assignment is handed back to other students.
In the event of exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) that prevent you from sitting a test or submitting an assignment, you may apply for an aegrotat.You must apply within 7 days of the due date of the assignment or test, in writing at the Registrar (Level 3, Registry building). Make sure to also inform your lecturer you are applying. Only one piece of assessed work, worth no more than 50% of the course, can be considered for an aegrotat. You must have completed at least 50% of all other assessment with an average of C+ or better. You are also referred to Regulation H of the General Course and Examinations Regulations.
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 $2,381.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.
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