LAW5133 - Legal issues in medicine 506
6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Law
Leader(s): Fiona Hum
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
Topics include: practising law and practising medicine.; principles governing clinical medical practice; the foundation of medical ethics; the relationship between medicine and allied health professions; the regulation of the medical profession; doctors, patients and the law and alternatives to litigation; medical negligence and consent; rights to refuse medical treatment, and competence and incompetence in law and medicine; medical confidentiality; law and psychiatry; the body as property; medical research: volunteers, institutional ethics committees and the law; medical treatment and the end of life; the beginnings of life: novel birth technologies and abortion; doctors in court.
On completion of this unit students should have
- acquired an understanding and appreciation of the rationales and roles of the legal and medical practice and structure ;
- developed the ability to critically analyse and evaluate a number of major issues and concepts fundamental to the doctor - patient relationship; and
- practiced and improved their research and writing skills as well as their skills in class/group participation and learning to understand , share and accept differing points of view.
Research Paper (3,200 words): 40%
Examination (2 hour writing time plus 30 minutes reading time): 60% OR Examination (3 hours writing plus 30 minutes reading time): 100%
Three hours of lectures per week