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Postgraduate Course: Medical Negligence (LAWS11336)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 10 credit course is a detailed exploration of the law of medical negligence. It is designed to equip students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of relevant case law. It also aims to develop skills in using the case law effectively by formulating reasoned and persuasive arguments for or against particular legal propositions. Whilst focussing on the law in the UK, the course will have a strong comparative dimension. The medical negligence action will be viewed in its social, economic and political context and students will be encouraged to reflect critically on the various factors driving law and policy in this area
Course description Week 1: Introduction to medical negligence
Week 2: Duty of care, breach and causation (continued)
Week 3: Expert evidence; doctrines and defences; calculation of damages
Week 4: Reproductive torts; medical product liability
Week 5: Medical negligence in practice (an interactive session to be led by a medical negligence practitioner).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 90 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 25% class participation
75% essay of 4,000 words
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A knowledge of medical negligence law and an understanding of the interaction between law, medicine and society
  2. Locating and using legal materials; practical reasoning, appreciation of the law in its social, economic and historical contexts; evaluation and criticism of the law; research skills, gaining knowledge and understanding which may be applied and adapted in future.
  3. Intellectual skills of collecting, organising, evaluating, synthesising and presenting material and arguments and including the ability to question assumptions, to frame and test hypotheses and to think autonomously
  4. The ability to engage effectively in a group setting on debates in medical negligence law and policy, drawing on a range of ethical, legal and professional sources and to justify robustly any positions taken or defended
  5. The improvement of legal research and writing skills, drawing on new insights from ethical discourse and professional practice.
Reading List
- J K Mason and G T Laurie, Mason and McCall Smith's Law and Medical Ethics (Oxford, OUP, 2011)

- C. Lewis and A. Buchan, Clinical Negligence: A Practical Guide (Bloomsbury Professional, 2012) (Law Library)
- R. Goldberg, Medicinal Product Liability and Regulation (Hart, 2013) (Law Library)
- W. Latimer-Sayer et al., Personal Injury Schedules: Calculating Damages (Bloomsbury Professional, 2010) (electronic resource)
- T. Weir, An Introduction to Tort Law (Oxford, OUP, 2009) (Law Library)
- J. Conaghan and W. Mansell, The Wrongs of Tort (London : Pluto Press, 1999) (Law Library)
- M. Jones, Medical Negligence (Sweet and Maxwell, 2008)
- R. Mulheron, Medical Negligence: Non-Patient and Third Party Claims (Ashgate, 2010)
- K. Horsey and E. Rackley, Tort Law (OUP, 2009)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Graeme Laurie
Tel: (0131 6)50 2020
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010
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