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HECS5168M Ethics in Contemporary Health and Social Care

15 creditsClass Size: 30

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Janet Holt

Taught: 1 May to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Certificated evidence of the ability to study at level M

This module is not approved as an Elective


Contemporary health and social care raises ethical issues in practice for the individual, as a member of a team and in interactions with service users and carers. Within this context, the object of this module is for participants to analyse ethical dilemmas and decision making.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module the student will be able to:
- demonstrate comprehensive understanding and application of a variety of ethical theories and principles;
- critically and creatively evaluate contemporary ethical issues in health and social care;
- to exhibit mastery in ethical decision making;
- demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the complexities of ethical practice.

Skills outcomes
Contextualising and evaluating ethical issues
Reason and argument
Processes of ethical decision making.


- Ethical theory and principles e.g. virtue ethics, consequentialist theories, feminist theories.
- Contemporary ethical issues e.g. stem cell technologies, assisted dying, organ and tissue donation, resource allocation.
- Ethical practice e.g. professional boundaries, coercion, service user and professional autonomy.
- Ethical decision making.
- Ethical conduct in research.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Problem Based Learning52.0010.00
Independent online learning hours25.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will be expected to work independently on PBL scenarios to enable them to engage in the process of decision making.
Online resources will be developed to support independent learning.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through participation in seminar discussions and problem based learning groups.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words60.00
Presentation30 min verbal presentation and discussion40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Preparation for participation in discussion following each assessed presentation; Each student will be required to deliver an oral presentation focusing on an ethical issue in contemporary healthcare and lead a discussion on the subject matter. 30 minutes will be allowed for both the presentation and the discussion. The focus of the presentation must be submitted by week 6 of the module to allow all students to prepare to participate in the plenary discussion with each presentation. Compensation will be allowed between elements.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:22:17


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