2018 Winter School Subject List

Bioethics (HPSC1000) - Opens 03 Oct 2017

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: 08 Jan 2018 
End Date: 14 Feb 2018 
Capacity: 50 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 03 Oct 2017 
Applications Close: 08 Dec 2017 
Census date: 02 Feb 2018 
On-time withdrawals close: 02 Feb 2018 
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 conducts cruel experiments on animals. GM crops are presented 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. This course will discuss major issues in the ethics of biology and medicine, from gene modification to Dolly the sheep.

This unit will be introductory, but a small number of topical issues will be studied in depth. No scientific background beyond Year 10 level will be assumed.


Mid session quiz, assignments & tutorial participation


Start Date: 08 Jan 2018     End Date: 14 Feb 2018


Mon 11:00 - 13:00

Tues 11:00 - 13:00

Wed 11:00 - 13:00


Wed 14:00 - 15:00 or 15:00- 16:00


Lectures: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275

Tutorials: Carslaw Tutorial Rooms 359 or 361


Material will be available online