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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Fiona Hum


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

  1. acquired an understanding and appreciation of the rationales and roles of the legal and medical practice and structure ;
  2. developed the ability to critically analyse and evaluate a number of major issues and concepts fundamental to the doctor - patient relationship; and
  3. 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 (1,500 words): 30% and examination (2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading time): 70% OR examination (3 hours writing plus 30 minutes reading time): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Fiona Hum

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 OR LAW1104 or Medical students in their third year of the MBBS