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    The ethical dimensions of major areas of contention and themes in health care and its provision such as beginning and end of life issues, resource allocation, animals and ethics, mental illness and ethics, new and emerging technologies, genetics and ethics.

    BITC 404 Ethics and Health Care follows on from BITC 401 and goes into more detail regarding some of the main historical, contemporary and emerging issues of bioethics. A long, self-chosen essay topic allows students to explore an issue of interest in some depth.

    About this paper

    Paper title Ethics and Health Care
    Subject Bioethics
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,223.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

    Entry to Bioethics postgraduate papers assumes that the student has completed an undergraduate degree or has completed BITC 301 Bioethics or a 300-level paper in a related subject (e.g. in Philosophy, Politics, Law, Health Sciences or Life Sciences).


    Teaching staff

    Dr Taryn Knox

    Module Teachers:

    Dr Simon Walker

    Professor John McMillan

    Dr Taryn Knox

    Associate Professor Neil Pickering

    Paper Structure

    The paper has four modules (each lasting three weeks) covering topics such as:

    • Ethical issues at the beginning of life, suffering
    • Identity and end of life care
    • Public Health Ethics
    • Global Health Ethics
    • Psychiatry, mental illness and Ethics
    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

    The thirteen 2-hour audiovisual seminars from 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm on Tuesdays in the second semester for BITC 404 are AV-linked.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper - readings will be provided via eReserve.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Understand the application of a range of ethical concepts to issues in health care
    • Reflect critically upon those ethical concepts and arguments they are deployed to advance
    • Critically analyse a range of bioethical concerns in health care
    • Show knowledge of developing research in selected areas of health care ethics
    • Identify and explore integrating themes emerging in these areas
    • Develop a question and research, analyse, synthesise and present a reasoned set of arguments related to that question


    Semester 2

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


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 12:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
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