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Faculty Of Business, Economics And Law

LAW2LAM, 2012

Subject Code:LAW2LAM
Subject Short Title:LAW AND MEDICINE
Credit Points:15.0
Special Conditions:Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws
Subject Description: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 (eg 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.
Prerequisites:LAW1CRL and LAW2TOT
Class Requirements:attendance and participation in five 7-hour block classes. Prerequisite readings before the commencement of the unit.
Work Experience Indicator:Student is not undertaking work experience in industry
Available to 'Study Abroad' students:Y


Assessment Type%Comments
one 3,000-word assignment75
one 1,000-word group assignment25eight students per group


Reading TypeTitleAuthorPublisher
PrescribedHealth Care & the LawMcIlwraith, J. and Madden, B.5th edition, Thomson Lawbook Company, 2010

Subject Coordinator: Dr Kerry Petersen

Subject Availability
Week 48-49, Day. Dr Kerry Petersen