Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Law

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

On this module, you will examine contemporary issues in healthcare law. These are subject to change depending on 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
  • provision of innovative treatment
  • patient choice
  • 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