LLM Healthcare Ethics and Law / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit presents, and encourages students to engage with, key moral debates relating to the acquisition and use of human-derived research data. Case studies will be used to illustrate particular problems, dilemmas, and points of controversy; but attention will also be paid to how the current research ethics environment and standards came about, and what should be done with dodgy data that is, data that are morally problematic, but which might potentially be useful.
The course iwll cover the following topics:
- History of Research Ethics
- The Current Research Ethics Framework
- Research Ethics Committees
- Medical Research and the Law
- Ethical Implication of Clinical Research Designs
- Medical Research: Vulnerable Participants
- Research Ethics in Developing Countries
- HIV Research and Informed Consent
- Using Unethical Data - the Nazi Experiments
- Research Ethics outside the Health Care Field
The unit aims to provide a thorough grounding in the ethical debates arising from research particularly empirical research involving humans and the use of research data.
The module interprets the word research widely, it will primarily consider research in the biosciences, but will also discuss the social sciences.
By the end of the course unit, successful students will have developed a critical appreciation and understanding of the ethical issues raised by research, both others and their own, and will have the ability to make meaningful contributions to debates surrounding the acquisition, storage, and use of data.
Teaching and learning methods
The course is taught by blended learning. Students will have access to the DL materials for the research ethics course, and there will be 5 seminars during the semester to support learning.
Course Materials and Handouts will be available via Blackboard
Knowledge and understanding
Students will have a good understanding of key moral debates and problems relating to research on human subjects
Students will understand the research ethics system in the UK and the main principle of research ethics as they apply worldwide
Students will be able to analyse critically and make use of moral arguments.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Critical thinking, and the ability to define a clear moral position and construct a coherent and persuasive argument in its defence.
One piece of assessed coursework (an essay) of no more than 4,000 words.
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|Soren Holm||Unit coordinator|