Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Principles of Law, Medicine and Ethics
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
-To provide within a programme of lectures, workshops and seminars, an analysis of the main legal principles that govern the regulation of health care in England and Wales
- To develop students’ understanding of the key ethical principles that underpin health care practice and law in England and Wales
- To develop students’ ability to appreciate how key ethical principles are incorporated into legal reasoning in the field of health care law.
- To develop students’ independent research, team work and communication skills.
Teaching and learning methods
This course will consist of
- 30 hours of lectures, 5 of which will deal with study skills in the context of the study of medical law;
- 5 hours of seminars (fortnightly);
- 10 hours of 10 hours of (weekly) direction and feedback drop in sessions
Lecture sessions will require advance reading to be undertaken by the students as where possible, exercises and discussions will take place during those sessions.
Seminars will adopt a variety of debate, group work and group discussion approaches.
Opportunities to provide feedback are built in to the course regularly.
Lectures will be interactive with discussion threads and blogs on Blackboard.
Seminars will draw on learning from the lecture slots and will provide students with further opportunities to develop their research, critical analysis and debating skills through scenario-based problem-solving and essay type questions.
There will be a high level of integration of learning between lecture slots and seminars. Active learning will take place in both.
In addition, effective use of Blackboard will be made in the form of discussion threads and ’blogs’.
Knowledge and understanding
- Appreciate and assess medico-legal problems from an ethical perspective as well as from a purely legal perspective
- Assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of the main case law and bioethics principles
- Think logically to assess competing arguments, and to solve problems.
- Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of relevant materials.
Argue a case orally and in writing
Organise time and meet deadlines
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Work well within teams
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback on written work through a non-assessed essay.
Formative feedback will be provided with optional non-assessed coursework and in relation to seminar exercises.
STUDENTS SHOULD BUY:
Mason and Laurie, Law and Medical Ethics (8th ed., Butterworths, 2010) OR
M. Brazier & E.Cave, Medicine, Patients and the Law (5th ed., Penguin, 2011)
OTHER TEXT FOR CONSIDERATION:
J. M. Harris, The Value of Life (Routledge, 1985) (a valuable introduction to medical ethics)
Another useful, but expensive, book is Emily Jackson, Medical Law: Texts, Cases and Materials (2nd ed, OUP 2009)
A detailed reading list will be given at the first lecture.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2.3|
|Independent study hours|
|Alexandra Mullock||Unit coordinator|
Restricted to LLB (Law) and LLB/BA (Law with Politics).
This course is available to study abroad students providing they have some knowledge of the law.