Postgraduate Course: Clinical Negligence and the Law (LAWS11487)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is a detailed exploration of the law of clinical negligence. It is designed to equip students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of relevant legal principles and case law. Students will be encouraged to apply this knowledge in seminars by formulating reasoned and persuasive arguments for or against particular legal propositions. Whilst focusing on the law in the UK, the course will have a strong comparative dimension. The clinical 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.
1. Introduction to Clinical Negligence
2. Experts, Doctrines and Defences, Damages
3. Clinical Negligence and the Criminal Law
4. Patient Redress and No-Fault Compensation for Medical Injury
5. Guest Seminar: Clinical Negligence in Practice
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||A summative assessment of 2000 words will be submitted as 100% of the final course mark.
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of clinical negligence law and an understanding of the interaction between law, medicine and society.
- Develop skills in the following: legal research; organising and synthesising materials; legal reasoning and argumentation; evaluation and criticism of the law.
- Demonstrate skills in critical thinking, including the ability to question assumptions, to frame and test hypotheses and to think autonomously
- Engage effectively in a group setting on debates in clinical negligence law and policy, drawing on a range of ethical and legal sources to justify or critique any positions taken or defended.
- Improve legal writing skills, drawing on new insights from ethical discourse and professional practice in the development of one's own ideas.
|There will be no single set text for this course. Core texts will include:|
Codes of Conduct (publicly available online
Policy documents (publicly available online)
Decisions of the fitness to practise tribunals (publicly available online)
Appeals to the High Court / Court of Session (available via Westlaw)
Journal articles (available via DiscoverEd)
Various book chapters
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr Gerard Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 2023
|Course secretary||Ms Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704