HLSC 220 HEALTH CARE ETHICS
ASSIGNMENT 1 Argumentative Essay
Due date: Week 6 Tuesday 1st September 2359 hours
Weighting: 50%
Length and/or format: 1500 words (+/- 10%)
Purpose: The purpose of this assessment is for students to demonstrate the capacity to develop an ethical argument/s based on the four ethical principles: autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence. Students will use their allocated topic to develop a sound ethical argumentative opinion piece.
Assignment details: During the 1st week of lectures your tutor will allocate a topic for discussion from the prescribed four options. Using the allocated topic given to you construct an argumentative essay.
Learning outcomes assessed: 1 & 2
How to submit: Electronically via ‘Turnitin’ week 6 Tuesday 1st September 2359 hours. Late submission will attract a penalty as per ACU assessment policy
Return of assignment: Marks and feedback will be published within 3 weeks in Turnitin
Assessment criteria: Marking will be undertaken using a rubric (see Appendix 1 in your unit outline). Please include the word count of your assignment on the front page of your assignment or in a header. Please note that in-text citations are included in the word count whilst the research writing reference list is not included in the word count. Words that are more than 10% over the word count will not be considered Please see further information in the section titled ‘Word Count’ in your unit outline.
Topics
1. Healthcare workers have a moral obligation to care for COVID19 patients and cannot object to caring for these patients.
2. Organ retrieval should be performed on all deceased persons despite objections from loved ones.
3. Expectant mothers who misuse alcohol and/or illicit drugs should be subject to mandatory reporting requirements for child abuse.
4. Governments should have the authority to stop citizens from participating in community activities when they refuse immunizations.

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