MEDICAL LAW II - 2017/8

Module code: LAW3090

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

JAMES T Mr (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

M260

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

92

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 122

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 6

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3,000 WORD WRITTEN COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Medical Law I

Module overview

The purpose of Medical Law II is to build on the work undertaken in Medical Law I and continue to consider the ethical issues and the legal consequences of decisions taken by the medical profession in the context of particular issues within medical law. A range of current issues are considered including confidentiality, medical malpractice, clinical research, organ transplantation, the body as property and product liability. All of these topics will be considered with the Human Rights Act 1998 in mind so as to consolidate existing student learning.

Module aims

To develop an understanding of the way in which particular aspects of medical law operate in the UK and how they compare with other jurisdictions where appropriate

To critically assess the resolution of ethical dilemmas in medical law

To identify and critically assess the law regulating clinical confidentiality

To understand the nature of medical malpractice and its consequences in medical law

To critically assess the legal and ethical issues raised by clinical research in medical law

To critically evaluate the issues raised by the ownership of the body and human tissues in medical law

To explore the legal regulation of product liability relating to drugs and medical devices

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Critically evaluate the central principles, concepts and history of the areas of Medical law, ethics and the principles of professional practice studied in this Module, and the relationship between them, with particular emphasis of the tensions which emerge KCT
Critically analyse and evaluate the content of the legal areas as studied in this Module and the ethical dilemmas posed in relation to them with a particular ability to analyse the content of the law in areas where there is tension or a lack of clarity in light of the ethical and professional debate (C, K, T) KCT
Critically engage with and evaluate the sources of Medical law, including common law, statute, the ECHR, and international law and the relationship between them KCT
Critically engage in discussions regarding competing policy concerns and the ethical and professional values which inform and develop the areas of Medical law studied in this Module, and the relationship between them, in order to be able to propose and defend solutions KCPT
Critically engage with the scholarly debate on the ethics which underpin the areas of Medical law studied in this Module KCT
Critical engage in scholarly debate regarding medical law and ethics (in relation to the areas studied in this Module), critically analysing the major tendencies within legal and ethical scholarship and the relationship between them KCPT
Critically engage with and apply knowledge of the primary and secondary legal authorities, ethical models and professional guidance to solve complex problems and answer complex essay questions which seek to resolve tensions in the competing goals and content of Medical law in the areas studied in this Module CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


Indicative content includes:
Medical Confidentiality
Medical Malpractice
Clinical Research
The Body as Property
Organ Donation
Product Liability

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Introduce topics, with particular emphasis on key areas of the syllabus, in lectures - using appropriate visual aids together with other with supporting materials (e.g. news clips)
Facilitate a more detailed study of the syllabus through independent study and by preparation of focussed tutorial questions
Enhance student’s understanding and critical awareness by group discussion in tutorial
Facilitate student’s revision of key areas of law and exam preparation by the submission of written formative coursework (see below) and by interactive revision lectures towards to the end of Semester 2


The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (2 hrs x 11 weeks)

Tutorials (1 hr x 6 weeks)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate, in accordance with the learning outcomes, their acquired knowledge, critical awareness of the key principles and policies studied in this Module, their ability to evaluate and also to apply their acquired knowledge and critical awareness to the resolution of hypothetical legal problems. The assessment address all the learning outcomes listed above.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

3,000 word written coursework which will require the students to answer two questions comprising one essay and one problem.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive oral feedback on their performance during tutorials.  In addition they will undertake a written formative assessment (1500 word coursework), during Semester 2, on which they will receive individual written feedback and group oral feedback. This written formative assessment will be designed to give the students practice in writing an answer to either an essay or problem question which is similar in style to what they can expect in their summative assessment.

 

Reading list

Reading list for MEDICAL LAW II : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/law3090

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law (JD Pathway) LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.