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Semester 1

Fundamental Issues in Medical Jurisprudence (LAWS10166)







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**This course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions.** Please note that 3rd year Law courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces. If there is sufficient space for other visiting students to enrol at the start of the semester, visiting students must have completed at least 3 Law courses - INCLUDING courses covering the fundamentals of Delict, Contract, Property and Human Rights laws - at grade B or above to qualify for this course; we will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

This course is designed as an introduction to medical jurisprudence, being an Honours level course that explores issues at the interface between law, medicine and ethics. The focus is primarily on the legal dimensions of the doctor/patient relationship and associated healthcare services, including public health, mental health and research governance within the NHS. The aims of the course are: - To introduce students to the stimulating and challenging dynamics of the interface between law, medicine and ethics in the delivery of core healthcare services and research practices; - To equip students with the necessary critical faculties with which to examine and evaluate the role of law and ethical discourse in the regulation of medicine and medical and clinical services, including research; - To develop writing and discursive skills on matters of significant contemporary importance in an interdisciplinary and ever-changing environment.

Course Description

The type of issues that may be taught and discussed during the course include: Consent and Autonomy; Confidentiality; Clinical negligence and patient redress; Organ donation for transplantation; Ownership and control of bodily materials; Public health; Health research governance.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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