Unit description

Examines the interface between ethics, human rights and public health law. The unit explores these concepts from historical, cultural and international perspectives, in relation to specific public health issues. In addition, emerging concerns, tensions and trends in public health, law, ethics and human rights will also be explored.

Unit content

Part 1 Moral theory and ethics
Topic 1 Moral theory, rights and principles
Topic 2 Comparative ethics

Part 2 Human rights
Topic 3 History of human rights
Topic 4 Applied ethics and international perspectives on human rights

Part 3 Public health law
Topic 5 Mapping the issues in public health law, ethics and human rights I
Topic 6 Mapping the issues in public health law, ethics and human rights II
Topic 7 Public health and constitutional law
Topic 8 Public health and the Tort system of law
Topic 9 Tensions in public health law: Common law principles and the public interest
Topic 10 Public health powers and civil and criminal law I: Biological perspectives
Topic 11 Public health powers and civil and criminal law II:
Topic 12 Future challenges in public health law, ethics and human rights:

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

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