Law and Medical Ethics - LW602

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR K Devine







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 the major western traditions of ethical theory and the major principles of medical law. They will then pass on to their incorporation in medical negligence, confidentiality, consent and competence, and medical research. They will then draw upon these to engage in critical legal analysis of major areas of medical ethics and law.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

10 hours lectures; 10 hours seminars (approximately).

Method of assessment

20% coursework, consisting of 1 multiple choice assessment, 80% written examination.

Indicative reading

E Jackson Medical Law: Text, Cases and Materials (Oxford University Press)

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1.Demonstrate a systematic understanding of concepts, principles and rules that apply within medical ethics and the law and are at the forefront of the subject.
2.Critically analyse and evaluate contemporary issues in medical law and ethics.
3.Apply a conceptual understanding of medico-legal issues through the construction of detailed and coherent arguments.
4.Critically evaluate current research in the field of law and medical ethics.
5.Demonstrate an appreciation of the conflicts within medical law and ethics, such as areas of uncertainty, ambiguity and the limits of current medical knowledge.

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