Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedSunway Trimester 2 2013 (Day)


This unit will cover a selected number of issues in medical law and ethics. Topics will include general issues that revolve around notions of autonomy, competency and compulsion as well as a number of contemporary bioethics issues such as organ transplantation, abortion and medical research.
In discussing these issues, students will be encouraged to think about the differences as well as the interplay between legal rules and ethical guidelines. The discussions will also include a consideration of the approaches taken by different countries and students will be invited to think critically about the responses of different jurisdictions.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of fundamental issues in medical law and ethics and exercise analytic skill and professional judgment to generate appropriate responses to moderately complex problems;
  2. critically evaluate, integrate and apply concepts, theories and problems in medical law and ethics;
  3. research independently, synthesise and analyse information about medical law and ethics to create new understandings of current and emerging problems; and
  4. interpret, communicate and present ideas and arguments relating to medical law and ethics effectively and persuasively to specialist or non-specialist audiences and peers.


One research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
One take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

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Contact hours

Students will be required to attend 36 hours of seminars, and undertake approximately an additional 108 hours of private study, including reading, class preparation, assignment preparation and revision time over the duration of the course.