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Law 300 - Health Care Law and Ethics

(Full unit)


Prof Hazel Biggs/Dr Sara Fovargue/Dr Suzanne Ost

Health care law has become an area of increasing importance not only to legal and health care practitioners but also to academics and the wider public. In Term 1 we consider such topics as health care ethics, rights to health care, autonomy and consent, informed decision making, and regulating health care professionals. Within these areas medico-legal and ethical implications are explored. During Term 2 specific areas of health care law and practice are examined. Topics may vary from year to year but are likely to include areas such as abortion, embryo research, assisted reproduction, death and dying, and organ and tissue donation and transplantation. (This course is available to final year students only).


Coursework: 30% multiple choice test on term 1 work, 30% oral presentation in term 2

Unseen Examination 40%

Recommended Reading

There is no one set text but reading may include:

Beauchamp, T.L., Childress, J.F., Principles of Biomedical Ethics 5th ed. (2001) OUP.

Biggs, H., Euthanasia, Death with Dignity and the Law (2001) Hart.

Brazier, M., Medicine, Patients and the Law 3rd ed. (2003) Penguin. New edition expected

Campbell, A., Gillett, G., Jones, G., Medical Ethics 4th ed. (2005) OUP.

Herring, J., Medical Law and Ethics (2006) OUP.

Jackson, E., Medical Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2006) OUP.

Jackson, E., Regulating Reproduction: Law, Technology and Autonomy (2001) Hart.

McHale, J., Fox, M., Gunn, M., Wilkinson, S., Health Care Law: Text and Materials 2nd ed (2006) Sweet and Maxwell.

Mason, J.K., Laurie, G.T., Mason and McCall Smith's Law and Medical Ethics 7th ed. (2005) OUP.

Montgomery, J., Health Care Law 2nd ed. (2002) OUP.

Morgan, D., Issues in Medical Law and Ethics (2001) Cavendish.

Pattinson, S., Medical Law and Ethics (2006) Sweet and Maxwell.

Price, D., Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organ Transplantation (2000) CUP

Sheldon, S., Thomson, M., Feminist Perspectives on Health Care Law (1998) Cavendish.

Stauch, M., Wheat, K., with Tingle, J., Sourcebook on Medical Law 3rd ed. (2006) Routledge Cavendish.

N.B. Books may be published before the course starts in October 2008, so students may wish to wait until the Law 300 Course Handbook has been published, which will include the latest information on books, before purchasing a text.

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