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School of Law

LAW6163 Health Law

Why is removing a kidney for donation lawful, but not voluntary amputation of a limb? Does restricting access to abortion, or assisted suicide, do more harm than good? When clinical commissioning groups make decisions about funding treatments like cancer drugs, should they take social roles (e.g. caring for a child) into account? Why do adults have an absolute right to refuse treatment such as blood transfusions, but not teenagers? Is it right that volunteer participants in clinical research trials may be paid but not blood donors? Should the 14-day limit on embryo research be extended? In addressing legal responses to such questions this module equips students with knowledge of key debates, concepts and approaches in health law. In providing a collaborative learning environment where students draft and discuss work-in-progress through formative assignments, the module develops students’ creative thinking and critical writing skills.

Method of assessment

  • 60% coursework (6000 words)
  • 40% coursework (4000 words)

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