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.
No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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.

Assumed Knowledge
Incompatable 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.
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
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.