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Postgraduate Course: The Fundamentals of Law and Medical Ethics (LAWS11386)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the integral relationship between medical law and ethics, and considers the roles and relationships within the clinical setting and in a wider context. It will equip you with an understanding of foundational concepts that are central to your programme.
Course description 1. Introduction to ethics, law and medicine
2. Bringing values to life: the use of ethical and legal frameworks
3. Consent
4. Refusal
5. Fundamentals of negligence
6. The future of medical liability
7. Confidentiality
8. Genetics and genomics
9. Medical research
10. Public health
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the online learning team at law.online@ed.ac.uk
Additional Costs Students must have regular and reliable access to the internet.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of up to 4,000 words (60%) and a written legal scenario analysis of up to 1,000 words (40%)

Requirements for all course assessments will be outlined to students within the individual courses at the start of each semester.
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to obtain formative feedback over the course of the semester. The feedback provided will assist students in their preparation for the summative assessment.

Details of the School's feedback policy will be available at the start of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories, concepts and principles in medical law and ethics.
  2. apply knowledge, skills and understanding of the foundational theories, concepts and principles to critically analyse the roles and relationships within clinical and wider settings.
  3. develop, well-reasoned and justified arguments in response to the issues arising from the interaction between law, ethics and medicine.
  4. utilise concise, effective, cross-disciplinary communication skills to interact with colleagues from different professional backgrounds.
  5. manage complex ethical and professional issues and make informed judgements on issues not addressed clearly by current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.
Reading List
GT Laurie, S Harmon and E Dove, Mason and McCall-Smith's Law and Medical Ethics, 11th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2019.

A detailed list of key resources will be available at the start of the course.
Additional Information
Course URL https://edin.ac/2AqosXa
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their skills and abilities in:

1. Research and enquiry, through e.g. selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;
2. Personal and intellectual autonomy, e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;
3. Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form;
4. Personal effectiveness, e.g. working constructively as a member of an online community;
5. Students will also develop their technical/practical skills, throughout the course, e.g. in articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of another's arguments.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by online learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by online learning.
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserMr Gerard Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 2023
Email: Gerard.Porter@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
Email: Clare.Polson@ed.ac.uk
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