2018 Summer School Subject List

Bioethics (HPSC1000) - Opens 04 Oct 2016

Faculty: Science
Department: History and Philosophy of Science
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Mr Anson Fehross - afeh6064@usyd.edu.au

(1)  Debbie Castle - debbie.castle@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 09 Jan 2017 
End Date: 17 Feb 2017 
Capacity: 100 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 04 Oct 2016 
Applications Close: 07 Dec 2016 
Census date: 18 Jan 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 18 Jan 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


    There are no listed prerequisites for this course.


Science has given us nearly infinite possibilities for controlling life. Scientists probe the origins of life through research with stem cells and embryos. To unlock the secrets of disease, biomedicine conduct cruel experiments on animals. GM crops are sold as the answer to hunger. Organ transplantation is almost routine. The international traffic in human body parts and tissues is thriving. The concept of brain death makes harvesting organs ethically more acceptable. It may also result in fundamental changes in our ideas about life.

Science has provided new ways of controlling and manipulating life and death. As a consequence, difficult ethical questions are raised in increasingly complex cultural and social environments. If you want to develop a critical perspective on today’s science and its place in society, this is the unit of study for you!


Mid term quiz, assignments and tutorial participation.


Start Date: 09 Jan 2017     End Date: 17 Feb 2017

Lectures: Mon, Tue & Wed, 11:00 - 13:00 hrs

Tutorials: Wed, 14:00 - 15:00 hrs


Abercrombie Business School, Case Study Lecture Theatre 2090


Course material online.