Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Law

Module code: M6024
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

In this module students will examine a range of contemporary issues in healthcare law. These are subject to change depending upon what is topical year on year but may include: Parliament and the courts in the regulation of issues in healthcare law; developments in medically assisted reproduction; surrogacy; the regulation of abortion and arguments for decriminalisation; disputes over the medical treatment of children; use of human material; legal regulation of assisted suicide; the legality of cosmetic surgery; the provision of innovative treatment; patient choice; the effectiveness of professional self-regulation.

Module learning outcomes

  • Systematically explain key legal rules and principles of contemporary issues in the field of healthcare law
  • Systematically explain the contemporary debates about topical issues in healthcare law
  • Evaluate critically contemporary issues of healthcare law, where appropriate identifying where reform is necessary and what form that may take
  • Demonstrate the ability to initiate and undertake independent research on contemporary issues of healthcare law