Contemporary Issues in Health Law
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- 01 Mar 2021
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of current health innovations and the implications for law and legal process;
- use cognitive and creative skills to evaluate and review the capacity of orthodox legal rules to consider complex moral and legal questions generated by health innovations;
- use initiative and judgement to identify and critically evaluate the legal implications of innovations in health and medicine, and the possible responses of legal institutions, using the skills of legal research and reasoning; and
- present advanced communication and cognitive skills that articulate clear, and well-reasoned legal arguments that are based on critical thinking and analysis, synthesis, professional judgment and research skills to develop complex legal outcomes for all interested parties.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
UNE-LAW131-Torts Law and UNE-LAW100-Foundations of Law and UNE-LAW162-Criminal Law and UNE-LAW101-Law in Context and UNE-LAW102-Legal Professional Skills and UNE-LAW301-Succession and UNE-LAW157-Alternative Dispute Resolution, or UNE-LAW164-Law and First Peoples of Australia, or UNE-LAW270-Interviewing for Advocacy and UNE-LAW172-Contract Law ;
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
Candidature in Bachelor of Laws (4 Years). To enrol in this subject you will need to pass the Prerequisite/s. Please note as UNE results are released after the close of enrolment date, your enrolment into this subject will be withdrawn if you do not pass the prerequisite subject/s.
- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- SoftwareDetails - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
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Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
This subject will explore current issues that arise in the fields of health and biotechnology to consider the legal implications and responses to emerging technology. Significant developments in biotechnology over the last three decades, such as assisted reproductive technology, genetic manipulation, organ transplantation and stem cell research, generate wide interest and raise important bioethic questions. Legal regulation must respond to such innovations in a measured and ethical manner. Health is a changing landscape which generates profound ethical and legal quandaries. Students will explore such issues and become sensitised to the legal issues that are triggered by new technology and ethics in health.
Assignment 1 - Short answer questions: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assignment 2 - Research Essay: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assignment 3 - Essay: 1500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3
- Short answer questions (30%)
- Research Essay (50%)
- Essay (20%)
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