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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW3129 Health Care Law

20 creditsClass Size: 88

Module manager: Dr Chris Dietz

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

For elective students (non-law) the module LAW1076 An Introduction to Law: What is Law? is required as a pre-requisite.


LAW1076An Introduction to Law: What is Law?

This module is mutually exclusive with

HECS2008Healthcare Ethics and Law

Module replaces

LAW3126 Medical Malpractice LAW3127 Moral Dilemmas in Medical Law LAW3128 Medical Law

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Health Care Law is a 20 credit module. The module takes an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the study of the legal regulation of health services, decision-making, and professionals. The module considers a range of contemporary issues where health care and the law intersect. These include the regulation of professional negligence, informed consent, reproductive services and decision-making for children. Particular attention is paid to ethical and other evaluative frameworks, promoting ethical awareness and a critical and reflective approach. The interdisciplinary and comparative approach also provides students with opportunities to engage with and analyse multiple perspectives. There is an expectation of a high level of student participation in seminars.


Learning outcomes
At the end of this module, students should be able to:
- evaluate important legal and ethical conceptions of health;
- apply these conceptions in a health care law context;
- consider the weight accorded to different ethical dilemmas in health law and policy;
- explain and critique different interdisciplinary approaches to health.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have the following subject specific skills:
- Ability to comprehend legal and ethical debates about Health Care Law;
- Ability to make well-grounded, well-structured and well-referenced oral and written presentations about the subject;
- Ability to analyse and criticise legal and ethical positions in Health Care Law;
- Ability to plan, develop and produce legal research.


Ethical and Theoretical Frameworks in Health Care Law
Consent and the limits of consent
Organ Donation
Trans issues
Advance decision-making
Clinical Negligence
Gross Negligence Manslaughter- Doctors in the dock
Ethical issues arising in relation to children and health care

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning51.005.00
Private study hours176.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The overall learning element is broken down into 15 minute tasks, there will be 20 x 15 minute tasks.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored in a number of ways. It is monitored through general seminar participation, participation in case study sessions, and the presentation of article synopsis and critical assessment where this is relevant.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment1 x 3,000 word critical article review100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/08/2022


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