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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (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

  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