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A study of the main principles of law affecting medicine and medical practice.
This course deals with legal issues relating to the practice of medicine. The course will begin with an account of the New Zealand health care system and the legal framework of health care. The second part of the course addresses issues in medical treatment, including topics from consent; organ transplantation; beginning of life issues; and end of life issues. The third part of the course considers the impact of technology on medicine, and considers legal issues relating to these new technologies, including selected topics from cloning and other forms of assisted reproductive technologies; surrogacy; posthumous conception; pre-implantation genetic diagnosis; and genetic factors in crime.This course will be taught primarily through lectures and in-class discussion. Students will be expected to complete reading in advance of attending lectures.
The aims of the course are:- To introduce students to the legal regulation of the New Zealand health care system- To introduce students to topical issues in medical law and the ethical and legal arguments surrounding these.The objects of the course are:- To allow students to appreciate the legal, ethical and social implications of medical law in New Zealand- To enable and assist students to develop the ability to critically analyse current medical law issues
(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110
Assessment is likely to be a combination of a short piece of writing, a research essay, and a take-home test.The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.
Skegg, P. D. G. , Paterson, Ron, Manning, Joanna;
Medical law in New Zealand;
Thomson Brookers, 2006.
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Domestic fee $775.00
International fee $3,525.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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School of Law.