ETH403 Bioethics (8)


This subject aims to acquaint students with current ethical and legal issues in relation to genetics and genetic counselling. Using a number of ethical principles, the subject examines the role of ethics and law, paying particular attention to issues such as genetic testing and screening, gene therapy and genetic manipulation. The subject also considers the ethics of family planning and augmentation. The subject concludes with an examination of some of the wider economic and social justice issues in relation to genetics in health care.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ETH403
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed SSC502 or LAW131.
Incompatible subject(s)
LAW131 SSC502

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of ethical principles derived from ethical theory and relevant to biomedicine, genetics and genetic counselling
- be able to apply these principles to a number of case studies
- be able to examine the role of the law in relation to genetics and genetic counselling.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Overview of Ethical theory including feminist ethics
- Ethical Principles: autonomy,beneficence, non-maleficence,
- Case studies in Genetic Counselling
- Professional responsibility
- Confidentiality and privacy
- Advice and information -legal issues
- Family Planning and Family augmentation - legal and ethical
- Social Justice and the Economics of Genetics


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.