Law and Medical Ethics - LW519

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15)




Not available to non Law students.



This module considers the legal regulation of medical practice in its ethical, socio-economic and historical context, drawing on a range of critical, contextual and interdisciplinary perspectives. Students will be introduced to fundamental principles of medical ethics and the law, before moving on to discuss the wider aspects ethical theory within selected topics. We concentrate on issues at the beginning of life (including abortion, surrogacy, assisted conception, genetics and embryo research) and at its end (euthanasia, futility and withdrawal of treatment), as well as body ownership, transplantation and organ donation.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

39 hours.

Method of assessment

20% coursework (consisting of 2 multiple choice in-class assessments); 80% written examination (optional 80% dissertation). Contact Kent Law School Undergraduate Office, or access Moodle, for details.

Indicative reading

E Jackson Medical Law: Text, Cases & Materials (2016)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of a range of factual circumstances governed by medical ethics and the law.
Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the concepts, principles, policies and rules applicable in such circumstances.
Situate the regulation of medical practice within its ethical, socio-economic and historical contexts.
Critically analyse the regulation of medical practice from a diverse range of perspectives. (including historical, political, scientific and religious).
Critically evaluate the ethical, ideological and policy underpinnings of this area of the law.
Critically evaluate the efficacy of the regulation of medical practice (including its social, legal and economic consequences;).

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