Healthcare Law and Ethics - LAWS9400

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) Joshua Shaw checkmark-circle


The curriculum will offer an introduction to major schools of ethical reasoning within the western tradition (including deontology, consequentialism, and principle based moral reasoning) and significant concepts in bioethics (including autonomy, welfare, and justice). The concepts will be explored through application to a number of legal case studies including the regulation of death and dying and organ transplantation.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 18
Private Study Hours: 182
Total Study Hours: 200


LLM in (Specialisation); PG Diploma in (Specialisation); PG Certificate in Law

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Essay (5,000 words) – 100%

Reassessment methods

100% coursework

Indicative reading

• Jackson and Keown, Debating Euthanasia (2011)
• Laurie et al, Mason and McCall Smith's Law and Medical Ethics (2019)
• Smith (et al eds) Ethical Judgments: Rewriting Medical Law (2016)
• Wilkinson et al, Medical Ethics and Law: A curriculum for the 21st Century (3rd edition,2020)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate systematic knowledge of the substantive law relevant to a range of key areas of healthcare law;
2. Demonstrate systematic knowledge of major western traditions in bioethics and key ethical principles relevant to the provision of
3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how these different traditions and principles apply to current key issues in healthcare law;
4. Critically analyse the interrelationship of law and ethics in the field;
5. Critically engage with broader academic debates regarding healthcare law and ethics.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the application and practice of law within different contexts and from different perspectives;
2. Identify relevant issues from complex factual situations;
3. Undertake independent and original research;
4. Formulate reasoned, critical arguments – demonstrating originality in the application of knowledge;
5. Analyse complex problems from a range of different theoretical perspectives and disciplinary approaches.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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