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Undergraduate papers in bioethics

Bioethics is the study of ethical issues arising within health care and the life sciences.

These bioethics papers can be added to enhance a wide range of degrees and other qualifications:

  • Bioethics is a highly, and increasingly, important part of a good science education. Science makes use of animals, and benefits them too, as well as humans. Good ethical thinking is crucial for good science and health science.
  • Animals feature in our lives in a huge number of ways, from animals in the wild to in science, to animals as companions, workmates, or pests. As a source of food, or work, or enjoyment in the wild, our choices can benefit or harm them. We need to be able to think ethically about the lives animals have, and are entitled to. Understanding of animal ethics is increasingly an expectation of those who work in the biological sciences, and many other occupations.
  • Medicine and the health sciences are directed toward doing good for people. Yet there has been grave wrongdoing in their past to learn from, and it requires attention and skill to avoid this in the future, and to make medicine and health care as beneficial as possible. If you are considering heading in these directions, bioethics will give you an edge and enhance the value of your degree.

BITC 201 Bioethics and the Life Sciences (Semester 1)

BITC 201 Bioethics and the Life Sciences engages in ethical analysis of the life sciences and resulting technologies, and how to responsibly conduct bioscientific research.

BITC 202 Animal Ethics (Semester 2)

BITC 202 Animal Ethics provides an introduction to ethical theories as they apply to non-human animals and applied ethical questions arising from animal use in a range of contexts.

BITC 301 Bioethics (Semester 1)

BITC 301 Bioethics explores a wide range of bioethical topics from the beginning of life to the end of life, and from patient-physician relationships to global matters.


PHIL 235 Environmental Philosophy (Semester 2)

PHIL 235 Environmental Philosophy is jointly taught by staff from the Bioethics Centre and the Department of Philosophy. It provides an introduction to environmental ethics and other philosophical issues affecting environmental science and policy-making - some of the greatest challenges and opportunities that we presently face.

CHTH 217/317 Special Topic: Bioethics and Christian Theology (Summer School)

CHTH 217 Bioethics and Christian Theology and CHTH 317 Bioethics and Christian Theology (Advanced) are jointly taught by staff from the Bioethics Centre and the Department of Theology. These inter-disciplinary papers cover a range of contemporary bioethical issues from the standpoint of Christian Theology, and bring the approaches of secular Bioethics and Christian Theology into dialogue around crucial current issues.