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LAW3024 : Medicine and the Law

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Semande Ayihongbe
  • Demonstrator: Miss Ying-Qi Liaw
  • Lecturer: Dr Ilke Turkmendag, Dr Emilia Mickiewicz, Dr Nigel Cooper, Mr David Lawrence
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop an understanding of medical and legal issues affecting medical practice and an appreciation of the influence of each discipline on the other.

This module has two streams:

The first stream is a law component which occupies two-thirds of the syllabus. This aims to introduce the legal topics that are fundamental to the practice of medicine: Consent, Individual Autonomy, the Regulation of Treatment Decisions, and Confidentiality. Further topics include start of life and end of life issues, and Human Rights.
The second stream inevitable examines ethical issues. The medical component is delivered by a medical practitioner who is a Home Office Pathologist. He introduces basic medical knowledge and goes on to consider forensic medicine, extending to explanation of causes of death in both natural and other circumstances.

Outline Of Syllabus

Law Component
Introduction to ethics
Treatment decisions
Reproductive medicine
Life, death and the Law
Medicine Component
Drugs and Alcohol
Suspicious Deaths

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce the subject areas, provide the points of reference and initiate a critical perspective for development by each student. The seminars and workshop serve to provide learning opportunities for knowledge and understanding as well as developing subject specific, cognitive and key skills. Private study provides the opportunity to develop depth of knowledge and to enhance the skills, especially in preparing for seminars and writing the assessed coursework.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A67N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M332000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework primarily assesses research, writing, structuring, analytical and critical skills as well as knowledge and understanding. The unseen examination assess problem solving and application skills across the curriculum.

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