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Postgraduate Course: Clinical Negligence and the Law (LAWS11487)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 1. Introduction to Clinical Negligence
2. Experts, Doctrines and Defences, Damages
3. Reproductive Torts
4. Product Liability
5. Guest Seminar: Clinical Negligence in Practice
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Online Activities 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 76 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A summative assessment of 2000 words will be submitted as 100% of the final course mark.
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 thorough knowledge of clinical negligence law and an understanding of the interaction between law, medicine and society.
  2. Develop skills in the following: legal research; organising and synthesising materials; legal reasoning and argumentation; evaluation and criticism of the law.
  3. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking, including the ability to question assumptions, to frame and test hypotheses and to think autonomously
  4. 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.
  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
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

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught and delivered entirely by online learning.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Gerard Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 2023
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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