Bioethics will bring you to grips with some of the most urgent and fascinating issues presented by current scientific and technological developments. Offered by the Monash Centre for Human Bioethics, the first centre of its kind in Australia, it was founded by the renowned Bioethicist Professor Peter Singer.

Cutting-edge biotechnologies such as gene splicing, genetic selection, human enhancement and cloning raise profound ethical questions and debate. Bioethics provides an opportunity to study these issues with world-leading thinkers, equipping you not only to understand the questions, but also to contribute to possible solutions.

While the terrain shifts with each new biomedical and scientific advance, the study of Bioethics will prepare you to keep pace with developments as they happen. You'll consider current controversies in bioethics, its relationship to justice and the law, or issues around the human body and the international marketplace.

You will have the opportunity to explore the legal, philosophical, cultural, social and personal dimensions of biotechnologies.

You'll emerge able to engage critically and knowledgeably with current issues, such as embryonic stem-cell research and human cloning. Add this to the foundations in research, analysis and expression that Bioethics also provides, and you'll be preparing yourself for a career in health care, public policy, education and non-governmental advocacy among many other important areas.

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MinorNote Caulfield, Clayton

This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 4 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

A role to play...

Bioethics has a significant role to play in ensuring that public health policy promotes justice and human rights.