Bioethics: Life and Death

This micro-credential aims to give students a solid grounding in general ethical theories before considering their application to topics in bioethics. We will discuss a wide range of issues, including (but not limited to) abortion, euthanasia, the allocation of scarce medical resources, triage, paternalistic public health interventions, compulsory vaccination, and so on. Four weeks will be devoted directly to issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive:

  • Six PD Points, convertible to academic credit for PHIL2001 Bioethics
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode

Start date

Week commencing Monday 22 February, 2021 

Applications close

Monday 15 February, 2021

Semester 2 (12 weeks)
1 x 2 hour lecture per week, 1 x 1 hour tutorial and readings
Academic Lead
Dr Lachlan Umbers
$1,320 inc. GST
Critical information summary
PHILM400 – Critical information summary [PDF, 43KB]


Student on campus 

What you'll learn

Understand key ethical theories.

Apply key ethical theories to contemporary controversies in bioethics.

Gain crucial analytical and critical thinking skills.

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

  • Gain a solid understanding of the most important ethical theories in Western thought.
  • Learn about the contemporary bioethical issues including those relating to abortion, euthanasia and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Develop valuable analytical and critical thinking skills.

How does it work?

50% essay and 50% take-home assessment 

What's next after this course?

Future study
Completing this unit can count towards an appropriate undergraduate degree.
Career outcomes
This course will enhance your professional experience in health, public policy, ethics, and related areas.