law2lam law and medicine



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Medical law is an internationally recognised intellectual discipline and a field of legal practice which is founded on ethical theories, common law doctrines and human rights principles. It spans other areas of law (torts, criminal, family and administrative law) and must satisfy social policy developments, principles of governance, regulatory mechanisms and dispute resolution processes. In this subject, medico-legal issues are discussed and evaluated in the context of a range of topics which include: ethical duties, consent to medical treatment (adults and children), legal competence and medical treatment (adults), human reproduction law and technologies, professional liability and medical malpractice, regulation of health professionals and end of life decision-making. Informed analysis of law is promoted by examining the case law and legislation together with group discussion. Students are equipped with skills relevant to policy developments and law reform.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLibby Brenton

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM and LAW1CRL and (LAW2TOT or LAW2TOR)


Incompatible subjects LST22/32HLM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws and via application only.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHealth Care & the LawPrescribedMcIlwraith, J. and Madden, B.5TH EDITION, THOMSON LAWBOOK COMPANY, 2010

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Ability to comprehend and analyse common law principles relevant to the area of medicine

Lectures and group discussion of relevant cases studies. Individual and group assignments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

02. Ability to understand legislation relevant to the area of medicine.

Lectures and group discussion of relevant legislation. Individual and group assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

03. Ability to contribute to a group presentation and assignment

Lectures and class discussion on the group topic, discussion and presentations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

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