LLB Law / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Medicine, Technology , Morals and the Law

Course unit fact file
Unit code LAWS30491
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Law
Available as a free choice unit? No


  • To develop students' understanding of the role of the law, at both national and international level, in regulating health care interventions.
  • To develop students' ability to appreciate how the fundamental principles of law dealt within Principles of Medical Law and Ethics are developed and re-shaped in light of novel technological and medical developments such as embryo research and transplantation.
  • To enable students to understand the relevant case-law, clinical literature, statutory materials and their relationship to ethical debate.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

-appreciate and assess medico-legal problems from an ethical and practical perspective as well as from a pureley legal perspective.

-engage in reasoned arguments in a field of study which arouses strong emotions and arrive at independent conclusions.

-engage in further study in greater depth either by pursuit of an undergraduate dissertation or postgraduate research.

-collect information from both library and internet sources

-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.

Teaching and learning methods

30 hours of lectures, five hours of (fortnightly) seminars and 10 hours of (weekly) direction and feedback drop-in sessions. Lectures will be interactive with discussion threads and blogs available as well as video resources and 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 also be a mock exam and a one-hour feedback session towards the end of the module.

Assessment methods

Assessed essay 3,500 words (100%). For this essay students will be able to access the Law School's guidance on writing assessed coursework and will be able to clarify issues arising out of the understanding of the law with tutors. Support will be given through seminar and lecture time devoted to preparation for submission of the assignments. It should be noted, however, that one of the aims of this assignment is for students to demonstrate their independent research skills and therefore drafts of coursework will not be commented on.

Feedback methods

Students may undertake an optional non-assessed short case or article analysis for which feedback on content and style will be provided.

Recommended reading

Graeme Laurie, Shawn Harmon and Gerard Porter, Mason and McCall Smith's Law and Medical Ethics11th ed. (OUP, 2019).

Jackson E, Medical Law: Text Cases and Materials 5th ed. (OUP, 2019)

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Nicola Glover-Thomas Unit coordinator

Additional notes


Restricted to: LLB and BA programmes within the School of Law

This course is available to incoming study abroad students.


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