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    Complex and controversial areas of research theory and practice, including the use of deception, research involving animals, longitudinal research, healthy volunteer research studies, genetic research.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Health Research Ethics
    Subject Bioethics
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,111.63
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    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

    Convenors and Lecturers: Professor Lynley Anderson and Associate Professor Neil Pickering

    Paper Structure

    Eight modules.

    Assessment: Two coursework essays

    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

    The seminars and lectures for BITC 407 are AV-linked.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    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 be able to:

    • Describe and critically analyse ethical complexities and controversial aspects of research theory and practice
    • Be sensitive to the way in which ethical complexities and controversies arise as a result of the multiple aspects of the context of research theory and practice
    • Describe and critically analyse some of the ethically controversial and complex aspects of health research
    • Describe and critically analyse the ethical issues arising from the research context
    • Describe and critically analyse the ethical considerations of research in new and emerging health technologies (e.g. genetics), specific non-technological areas of research (eg longitudinal research) and psychological research
    • Describe and critically analyse situations where regular ethical expectations are difficult to achieve: where the participant may be paid; where there is deception in research
    • Describe and critically analyse some of the conflicts inherent in health research in clinical areas (eg multiple roles as healthcare provider and researcher)
    • Describe and critically analyse the ethical issues associated with research on animals


    Semester 2

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


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