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ETH201 Ethics, Law and Ageing I (8)


This subject begins with a study of the dominant ethical theories underpinning health and welfare policy. From there, the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence and justice are examined. Centering on the ethical concept of care, a number of legal and ethical issues concerned with ageing are considered, including breakdown of care and abuse and neglect of the elderly. A comparative study of laws from the US, UK and Canada, concerned with the protection of vulnerable adults, will be included.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the dominant ethical theories that underpin law and policy affecting the aged
- be able to critically analyse the ethical concept of duty to care and the legal duty of care
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of the law when care of the aged breaks down.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Ethical theories; Principles of Autonomy and Beneficence, Paternalism and Coercion; Justice; "Am I my parents' keeper?" Obligation, responsibility and the Duty to Care; The vulnerable adult - abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly. The Duty of Care - legal liability of carers.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.