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 Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed SSC502 or LAW131.

Incompatible Subjects

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.


This 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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.