DEATH, DYING AND LAW

LAW2DDL

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to aspects of the legal system that regulate the dead, death and dying. Students will examine theories, practices and procedures of coronial law, forensic medicine, medical law and related professions in Australia. It will investigate the distinctive roles of the coroner, forensic pathologist and medical practitioner during the death investigation process to equip students with the knowledge and necessary skills to effectively participate in the inquisitorial jurisdiction. Students may also explore other areas of the legal regulation of death, such as laws regulating cemeteries and the right to burial, organ donation, abortion law, euthanasia and assisted suicide, and the intersection between legal, social and cultural approaches to death.



SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1CRL OR LCR1CLC

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAW5IIC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVarious readings will be provided via the LMSRecommendedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Evaluate legal and policy problems using appropriate doctrine in coronial law and academic scholarship

Activities:
Online Group Exercises Mid Semester Assignment Research Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)

02. Critically analyse historical, social, ethical, religious and cultural implications of laws regulating the dead, death and dying

Activities:
Online Group Exercises Mid Semester Assignment Research Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)

03. Identify, use and appraise research material relevant to the operation and reform of laws regulating the dead, death and dying

Activities:
Online Group Exercises Mid Semester Assignment Research Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Summer 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 02 - 05
Six 6.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 02 to week 05 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Mid Semester Assignment (1,250 words)Submitted/Assessed Online35 01, 02, 03
Online Group Exercises (750 words equivalent)Submitted/Assessed Online15 01, 02
Research Essay (2,500 words)Submitted/Assessed Online50 01, 02, 03