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BITC405 Bioethics in Clinical Practice

Ethical issues arising at the heart of clinical practice concerning matters such as obtaining consent, holding confidences, maintaining professional boundaries and managing multiple roles.

Paper title Bioethics in Clinical Practice
Paper code BITC405
Subject Bioethics
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,162.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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BITC 402, BITX 405
Limited to
DipGrad, GDipBHL, MBHL, MHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGCertHealSc
(i) Admission requires approval from the Director of the Bioethics Centre. (ii) There is one residential weekend held in Dunedin. (iii) Seminars and lectures for BITC405 are AV linked. However the residential weekend is not. There is an expectation that all students attend the residential weekend.

Teaching staff

Janine Winters, MD

Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

There is one residential weekend held in Dunedin. Students are strongly advised to attend the residential weekend in person, though students may contact the paper convenor for an exemption if they are unable to attend in person.

The seminars and lectures for BITC405 are AV-linked.

No textbook is required for this paper, but readings are available on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

  1. An understanding of the ethical issues arising in a diverse range of clinical situations.
  2. An ability to identify the areas where law and ethics overlap in practical clinical decisions.
  3. An understanding of the structure of clinical teams and the way that structure affects the management of patients.
  4. An ability to appreciate the way in which illness impacts on the lives of patients.
  5. An understanding of the demands and constraints on health care professionals.
  6. An ability to recognise the ethical issues lying behind a clinical story or incident.
  7. An appreciation of the real, multifaceted nature of clinical encounters.
  8. An ability to apply abstract ethical ideas and theories, and forms of argument, to specific situations.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 17:00-18:50 28-30, 32-42


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 10:00-17:50 31
Saturday 09:00-15:50 31