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Ethical and Moral Dilemmas in Health HEA3218


This module will enable health and social care practitioners to critically analyse their own, their profession's and society's approaches to ever increasing ethical situations.

Module code: HEA3218
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £780

Who is this module for?

Practitioners working within a health and social care environment.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • To enable the individual to confidently explore, critically analyse actual and potential ethical issues and reach an informed, evidence based, opinion and conclusion;
  • To enable the practitioner to prevent, reduce or resolve an actual or potential ethical issue.

How will I study?

This module is normally studied over four sessions, one full day session per week over one week. The module overall takes 15 weeks.

What Will I Study?

  • Exploration of values, attitudes and belief systems;
  • Ethical and philosophical models/frameworks;
  • Ethical principles of autonomy; justice; veracity; beneficence; non-maleficence;
  • Causes of ethical dilemmas.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment consists of two distinct but related elements: 20 minute seminar presentation and 2,500 word essay in which issues identified in the seminar are explored and critically analysed in detail.

On successful completion you will:

  • Challenge, deconstruct and critically analyse your personal, professional and contemporary belief systems giving consideration to the implications for yourself as a practitioner and for your practice;
  • Critically analyse and debate complex problems/dilemmas in regards to philosophical and ethical issues which impact upon your ability to formulate ethical decision making;
  • Critically appraise relevant philosophical schools and ethical models/frameworks in regards to their suitability and utilisation within the ethical decision making process.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Monday 5 September 2022

Session times:


Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

For further information regarding module content, please contact the Module Coordinator: June Jones on [email protected].

For any other queries, you can contact the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health on [email protected].


This module can be studied on a standalone basis. It is a compulsory module on the following programmes:

It is also an optional module on the following programme: