This module begins with an exploration of medical ethics and its application to contemporary issues in health care, especially the doctor/patient relationship. Questions concerning the beginning and ending of life – assisted conception, IVF, abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide – are evaluated from both a Catholic and secularist perspective. Key questions in genetics (eugenics, genetic engineering, genetic screening, gene therapy, stem cell research, cloning, etc.) are all examined. A study is made of the fair allocation of scarce financial resources, as are the moral questions behind pharmaceutical research. The module investigates the link between ethics, justice and spirituality. Justice is explored in may ways, and concepts, such as the common good, human rights, human dignity and the care for the earth are explored.