Postgraduate Course: Law and Medical Ethics 1 - Fundamentals in Consent and Negligence (LAWS11175)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Law
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||The primary function of the course is to discuss the relationship between the law and the practice of medicine with particular emphasis on modern developments in the latter. The law must be founded on sound moral principles; moreover, medicine is, in many ways, running in advance of legal precedent. On both counts, therefore, the issues must also be considered on an ethical plane and this aspect will be emphasised repeatedly. In this course there is a basis for concentration on fundamental or generally applicable issues in medicine as a field which raises many moral issues. Several controversial areas will be covered, particular importance being laid on current concepts of consent to and refusal of medical treatment, human rights, negligence and mental health.
Session titles are:
-Ethics, law & medicine
-Professional regulation, healthcare access & human rights
-Consent to treatment
-Refusal & withdrawal of consent
-Negligence 1: Fundamentals
-Negligence 2: Evidence, defences, remedies & issues
-Genetics & genetic technologies
-Public health & product liability
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet.
Print consumables (paper and ink) would be recommended to provide hard copy of some on screen text and materials (e.g. articles).
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)
||WebCT enabled: No
|No Classes have been defined for this Course|
||First class information not currently available|
||This course is taught by distance learning.
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|At the end of this course, you will:
- have a good idea of the basic legal and ethical conflicts which arise in the practice of modern medicine;
- understand such concepts as personhood, paternalism and autonomy and will be able to evaluate the importance and limitations of consent to medical procedures;
- have formed a sense of the structure and concepts involved in negligence from both legal and medical practice perspectives;
- and have looked at all these issues in the context of comparative jurisdictions.
This is not primarily a course on litigation for medical negligence. Nor is it concerned with what is generally known as forensic medicine.
|One essay of up to 5,000 words (60%); one piece of assessed work (20%); contribution to online discussions (20%).|
|This course is taught by distance learning.|
|Course organiser||Mr Gerard Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 2023
|Course secretary||Ms Clare Neilson
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