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Undergraduate Course: Fundamental Issues in Medical Jurisprudence (LAWS10166)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is designed as an introduction to medical jurisprudence, being an Honours level course that explores issues at the interface between law, medicine and ethics. The focus is primarily on the legal dimensions of the doctor/patient relationship and associated healthcare services, including public health, mental health and research governance within the NHS.

The aims of the course are:

- To introduce students to the stimulating and challenging dynamics of the interface between law, medicine and ethics in the delivery of core healthcare services and research practices
- To equip students with the necessary critical faculties with which to examine and evaluate the role of law and ethical discourse in the regulation of medicine and medical and clinical services, including research
- To develop writing and discursive skills on matters of significant contemporary importance in an interdisciplinary and ever-changing environment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesSound grasp of fundamentals of delict, contract, property and human rights
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  27
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. 1. Knowledge and Sources of Law:

To demonstrate a sound grasp of the foundational elements of medical jurisprudence, including the role of the laws of consent, negligence, confidentiality and the cross-cutting human rights dimensions

2. 2. Subject-specific Skills:

- To develop and apply critical thinking informed by ethical analysis
- To apply said critical thinking to commentary and critique of law┐s role in regulating medicine and healthcare services, including research

3. 3. General Transferable Intellectual Skills:

- Independent critical analysis
- Interdisciplinary understandings of common problems
- Problem-solving through reasoned and well-justified ethical and legal discourse
- Synthesis of complex information and ability to subject to informed critique

4. 4. Key Personal Skills:

- Written and oral skills necessary to deliver the above
- Group working and interaction
- Intellectual development through interdisciplinary engagement

5. 5. Subject-specific Legal and Ethical Values:

- autonomy
- critical self-reflection
- consideration of others
- academic integrity
Assessment Information
1. 75% take home essay would be released on the first day of the exam diet, and the essays would need to be submitted on the last day of the exam diet.
2. 25% law reform exercise would be released in week 4 for return exactly one week later.
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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Introduction
2. Medical Ethics
3. Medical Law and Human Rights
4. Consent: Capable persons
5. Consent: Incapable persons
6. Medical Negligence
7. Confidentiality
8. Mental Health
9. Public Health
10. Research & Experimentation
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern 1 x 2 hour seminar per week
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Graeme Laurie
Tel: (0131 6)50 2020
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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