We draw on philosophy, science, sociology, history, economics, law and other disciplines in the attempt to answer some of society’s most difficult and interesting questions around the ethics of things such as human cloning and enhancement, prolonging life, genetic discrimination, stem cell research, buying and selling human organs, and the publication of dangerous scientific discoveries.
Bioethics is concerned with controversial topics that have profound implications for the future of humanity and society. It’s a field of study that’s relevant and important to everyone, and will promote development of all-purpose skills in reading, writing, oral expression and critical thinking.
The Monash Bioethics Centre is one of the oldest and most prestigious bioethics centres in the world. Our research and teaching helps to shape future healthcare and make our societies more ethical. As a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics, it directly influences global health policy making.
You’ll look at topics that have an important implication for the future of humanity and society, such as the ethics of:
Examples of units you may choose include:
The Bioethics minor is taught by a team of academics committed to providing the best bioethics education in the world. Our academics are world leaders in bioethics research in topics as diverse as the ethics of new reproductive technologies, gender and healthcare, ageing, religious diversity in healthcare, infectious disease and global public health ethics. Completing a bioethics minor will help you understand the far-reaching implications of current biotechnology innovations and set you up to be an ethical leader in your career.
Bioethics strengthens your capacity and opportunity in a range of career options, such as:
With Monash’s impressive international links, you’ll get the opportunity to venture into contexts where you can apply your expertise.
Exchange programs include:
GIG: Global Immersion Guarantee
The Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) is an award-winning initiative that will enable you to explore first-hand the relationships between society, technology and the environment. It’s a two-week, funded study trip for all eligible first-year Monash Arts, single or double degree students to one of six destinations – China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or the Pacific Islands.
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.
The Monash Bioethics Centre
The Monash Bioethics Centre is a world-leading World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics, one of just seven such centres worldwide.
We encourage you to expand your horizons during your time at Monash by studying at one of our partner universities overseas. An exchange is an ideal way to advance yor skills and immerse yourself in the culture of the country where you are studying.