Consent to Treatment - LW863

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 20 (10) DR P White







The curriculum includes topics which embody the existing tensions within the ethical arena of consent to treatment, such as protection of the vulnerable versus empowering those whose capacity is in question. The role of legal doctrines and principles governing this area, such as those of informed consent, will be explored in relation to enforced medical treatment, advance directives, religious beliefs and notions of autonomy and rights.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 18
Private study hours: 182
Total study hours: 200


Autumn Term

Method of assessment

Essay - no more than 5000 words (100%)

Indicative reading

Mason & Laurie, Mason & McCall-Smith's Law and Medical Ethics. (10th ed. OUP, Oxford 2016)
Jackson, Medical Law: Text Cases and Materials (4th edn, OUP, Oxford 2016)
Herring, Medical Law and Ethics (6th edn, OUP, Oxford 2016)
Pattinson, Medical Law and Ethics (5th edn, Sweet and Maxwell, London 2017)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of legal liability in relation to consent to treatment and the ethical principles upon which this is based.
2. Appreciate the relationship between capacity to consent and the legal and ethical implications of judgements of capacity in relation to decisions over medical treatment.
3. Demonstrate insight into the pragmatic, theoretical and ethical implications of refusal of treatment, compulsory treatment and rights.
4. Form a conceptual overview of children's ability to consent to and refuse treatment in relation to the tension between rights and the desire to protect the vulnerable.


Stage 1

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