Course Description

Course Name


Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Ethical issues in health care, medicine and biotechnology. Fundamental ethical concepts such as value of life, individual freedom, justice, cultural differences and universal moral values.

Is euthanasia morally justifiable? Should self-harm be medically treated? What is just healthcare? Why did wartime medical atrocities occur? The paper explores these questions and a wide range of other bioethical topics from the beginning of life to the end of life and from patient-physician relationships to global matters. It also examines the key bioethical principles and concepts such as value of life, informed consent, freedom, beneficence, justice, cultural diversity and universal morality.

Course Structure
The paper consists of 5 parts:
- Foundation and Context
- Healthcare Ethics
- At the Beginning of Life
- At the End of Life
- Cross-Cultural and Global Issues

Learning Outcomes
Students will have become familiar with the ethical issues involved in a range of bioethical topics and the key bioethical values or principles and their application and will have further cultivated moral sensitivity as well as abilities and skills of:
- Critical thinking
- Interdisciplinary dialogue
- Identifying and analysing bioethical issues
- Articulating thoughts and reasoning with evidence and coherent arguments

*Course content subject to change