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Postgraduate Course: Medical Negligence (LAWS11336)

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 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: Experts, Doctrines and Defences, Damages
Week 3: Medical Negligence and the Criminal Law
Week 4: Patient Redress and No-Fault Compensation for Medical Injury
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of medical negligence law and an understanding of the interaction between law, medicine and society;
  2. Engage effectively in a group setting on debates in medical negligence law and policy, drawing on a range of ethical and legal sources to justify or critique any positions taken or defended;
  3. Develop skills in the following: legal research; organising and synthesising materials; legal reasoning and argumentation; evaluation and criticism of the law;
  4. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking, including the ability to question assumptions, to frame and test hypotheses and to think autonomously;
  5. Improve legal writing skills, drawing on new insights from ethical discourse and professional practice in the development of one¿s own ideas.
Reading List
Buchan A (ed), Lewis and Buchan¿s Clinical Negligence: A Practical Guide (8thedn, Bloomsbury Professional, 2019)
Herring J, Medical Law and Ethics (8th edn, Oxford University Press 2020)
Jackson E, Medical Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (5th edn, Oxford University Press, 2019)
Horsey, K and Rackley E, Tort Law (6th edn, Oxford University Press, 2019)
Laurie GT, Harmon SHE and Dove ES, Mason & McCall Smith¿s Law and Medical Ethics (11th edn, Oxford University Press, 2019)
Pattinson SD, Medical Law and Ethics (6th edn, Sweet & Maxwell 2020)
Poole N, Clinical Negligence Made Clear: A Guide for Patients and Professionals(Bath Publishing, 2019)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Anne-Maree Farrell
Tel: (0131 6)50 2020
Course secretaryMs Ruth Johnston
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