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Postgraduate Course: Fundamental Issues in Medical Jurisprudence (LAWS11328)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course serves as a foundation for critical analytical engagement with the core features of the discipline of medical jurisprudence, being the relationship between law and ethics in the provision of healthcare, the influence of human rights on medical practice, the importance of consent, confidentiality and medical negligence in shaping the contours of the doctor/patient relationship, as well as issues relating to health research and public health.
Course description The core aims of the course are:

To foster a critical understanding of the principal elements of medical jurisprudence;

To develop a critical appreciation of the principal theories, principles and concepts that inform the relationship between medical ethics and medical law;

To support students to demonstrate originality and creativity in the application of their knowledge, understanding of the law to address current issues facing healthcare professionals and medical lawyers in everyday aspects of medicine;

To encourage development of original and creative responses to problems and issues thrown up by medical practice for law and ethics, especially where the current legal response is wanting or absent;

To equip students to deal with complex ethical and professional issues and to make informed judgements on issues not addressed by current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.

The type of issues that may be taught and discussed during the course include:

Consent and Autonomy
Mental Health Law
Confidentiality
Medical Negligence
Conscientious Objection
Health Research Ethics and Regulation
Public Health
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The coursework will consist of an essay of 4,000 words (100%).
Feedback Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.

Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental elements of medical jurisprudence and an understanding of the interaction between ethics, law and professional guidance in informing and shaping contemporary medical practice.
  2. Critically analyse medico-legal scenarios, drawing on ethical schools of thought and professional standards as necessary, in order to demonstrate original and creative applications of knowledge and understanding with respect to the scenarios under scrutiny.
  3. Conduct independent study and research to a high level that demonstrates knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the importance of interaction between law, ethics and professional guidance in the shaping of medical law and associated policies.
  4. Engage critically in a group scenario on issues of contemporary medico-legal relevance, drawing on a range of ethical, legal and professional sources and to justify robustly any positions taken or defended.
  5. Manage time effectively, preparing for deep engagement in class, to conduct research for assignments to the requisite level and to demonstrate improvement over the course of the module.
Reading List
The core text for this course is the textbook written by Professor Graeme Laurie. The text is: Law and Medical Ethics, tenth edition, OUP, 2016 (with JK Mason). This provides the foundational material for the entirety of the course. Multiple copies are available in the library.

Additional texts (all available in the library include):

Brazier, M and Cave, E, Medicine, Patients and the Law

Jackson, E. Medical Law: Text, Cases and Materials Oxford: Oxford University Press

Grubb, A et al (eds) Principles of Medical Law (Oxford University Press

Montgomery, J Health Care Law Oxford University Press

Pattinson, S.D. Medical Law and Ethics London: Sweet & Maxwell

Jackson, E. Law and the Regulation of Medicines (2012) Oxford: Hart Publishing

Campbell, A. Bioethics: The Basics (2013) London: Routledge

Hope, T, Savulescu, J and Hendrick, J Medical Ethics and Law (2nd edn, 2008) Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh

Beauchamp, T L and Childress, J F Principles of Biomedical Ethics (5th ed., 2001) Oxford University Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsMedical Law,Medical Ethics,Jurisprudence,Healthcare,Ethics,Postgraduate,Level 11,LLM
Contacts
Course organiserMs Annie Sorbie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3633
Email: Annie.Sorbie@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Ruth Johnston
Tel: (0131 6)50 9094
Email: Ruth.Johnston@ed.ac.uk
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