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

    About this paper

    Paper title Bioethics in Clinical Practice
    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.
    There is one residential weekend held in Dunedin. Attendance is expected.

    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

    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 majority of assessment is by internal essays. There is no exam.

    The seminars and lectures for BITC 405 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.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    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


    Semester 2

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


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 17:00-18:50 29-30, 32-42


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