Bioethics is the study of the ethical issues raised by the biological and medical sciences, and of questions of life and death as they arise in the context of healthcare. It seeks to address question such as:
- Do foetuses have a right to life?
- Is there a difference between killing and ‘letting die’?
- Is there anything wrong with human cloning?
- Does society have an obligation to provide universal healthcare?
- What are the social and political implications of the new genetic technologies?
Bioethics is a fascinating, challenging, enjoyable, and intensely relevant field of study, which draws on philosophy, science, sociology and other disciplines. It is an area of philosophy where the practical applications are obvious and where developments in the sciences continually pose new problems and open up new areas of research. It is a fact of modern life that most individuals will, at some stage of their lives, face decisions which involve fundamental questions in bioethics.
The study of bioethics, like philosophy, develops skills in critical reasoning, argument, comprehension, communication, research, and logical analysis, at the highest level. These are the skills that employers look for in today’s world, where flexibility and the ability to adapt to rapid change are essential prerequisites for a successful career. Graduates with a knowledge of bioethics may be especially attractive to employers in the areas of genetics, health science, medical practice, research, government, law, and social policy.
Our teaching approach creates pathways for students to progress from an undergraduate interest in Bioethics, to pursuing the discipline through Honours, and then graduate research.
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