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BITC403 Issues in Law, Ethics and Medicine

Current issues in bioethics and medical law with reference to theories about actual and desirable relationship of law, morals, and the biomedical sciences.

This paper examines current issues in bioethics and medical law as they arise from some key cases and judgements in recent years. The issues will be considered with reference to theories about the actual and desirable relationship of law and ethics. Those theoretical positions will be outlined, critiqued and discussed at the outset of the paper, particularly as they concern

  • The nature of bioethics as a discipline
  • The nature of health law and its distinction from other areas of law
  • The relation between health law, bioethics and society
  • The idea of human rights
  • The potential conflict between professional duties and patient choices
  • Conscientious objection to the law by health professionals

Paper title Issues in Law, Ethics and Medicine
Paper code BITC403
Subject Bioethics
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $964.63
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,862.50

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Pre or Corequisite
(BITX 401 or BITC 401) and (LAWS 447 or LAWS 547 or LAWS 448 or LAWS 548)
Restriction
BITX 403
Limited to
DipGrad, GDipBHL, MBHL, MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Notes
(i) Students who have not passed the normal prerequisites or corequisites may be admitted with approval from the Director of the Bioethics Centre. (ii) There is one residential weekend held in Dunedin. (iii) Seminars and lectures for BITC403 are AV linked. However the residential weekend is not. There is an expectation that all students attend the residential weekend.
Contact
Associate Professor Neil Pickering, neil.pickering@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Neil Pickering and Dr Jeanne Snelling
Paper Structure
This is a 15-point paper. It is expected to require between 12-20 hours per week on reading and course-associated work over the first semester.

Assessment:
  • Formative assignment, 500 words (5%)
  • First essay, 1,500 words (35%)
  • Second essay, 3,000 words (60%)
Teaching Arrangements
Six 2-hour AV-linked seminars and one intensive residential weekend.
Textbooks
Beauchamp, T. Childress, J. Principles of biomedical ethics. OUP 6th edition, 2009

Principles of Health Care Ethics Second Edition (eds Ashcroft, Dawson, Draper and McMillan). John Wiley and Sons

Paterson, Manning, Skegg and Dawson. Medical Law in New Zealand. Booker Publishers (2006)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
We aim to examine a range of key concepts and arguments used in the intersection between ethical and legal debate. This will be done in part by close attention to key judicial decisions, in New Zealand and elsewhere, so that students would be expected to develop the following skills:
  • The ability to read a judicial decision and identify the ethical issues
  • A knowledge of the arguments needed to critique the decision
  • An understanding of ethical debate and its relevance to the rationale of a given decision

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 16:00-17:50 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 13:00-17:50 17
AND
B1 Saturday 09:00-17:50 17

Current issues in bioethics and medical law with reference to theories about actual and desirable relationship of law, morals, and the biomedical sciences.

This paper examines current issues in bioethics and medical law as they arise from some key cases and judgements in recent years. The issues will be considered with reference to theories about the actual and desirable relationship of law and ethics. Those theoretical positions will be outlined, critiqued and discussed at the outset of the paper, particularly as they concern

  • The nature of bioethics as a discipline
  • The nature of health law and its distinction from other areas of law
  • The relation between health law, bioethics and society
  • The idea of human rights
  • The potential conflict between professional duties and patient choices
  • Conscientious objection to the law by health professionals

Paper title Issues in Law, Ethics and Medicine
Paper code BITC403
Subject Bioethics
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $983.88
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,017.00

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Pre or Corequisite
(BITX 401 or BITC 401) and (LAWS 447 or LAWS 547 or LAWS 448 or LAWS 548)
Restriction
BITX 403
Limited to
DipGrad, GDipBHL, MBHL, MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Notes
(i) Students who have not passed the normal prerequisites or corequisites may be admitted with approval from the Director of the Bioethics Centre. (ii) There is one residential weekend held in Dunedin. (iii) Seminars and lectures for BITC403 are AV linked. However the residential weekend is not. There is an expectation that all students attend the residential weekend.
Contact
Associate Professor Neil Pickering, neil.pickering@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Neil Pickering and Dr Jeanne Snelling
Paper Structure
This is a 15-point paper. It is expected to require between 12-20 hours per week on reading and course-associated work over the first semester.

Assessment:
  • Formative assignment, 500 words (5%)
  • First essay, 1,500 words (35%)
  • Second essay, 3,000 words (60%)
Teaching Arrangements
Six 2-hour AV-linked seminars and one intensive residential weekend.
Textbooks
Beauchamp, T. Childress, J. Principles of biomedical ethics. OUP 6th edition, 2009

Principles of Health Care Ethics Second Edition (eds Ashcroft, Dawson, Draper and McMillan). John Wiley and Sons

Paterson, Manning, Skegg and Dawson. Medical Law in New Zealand. Booker Publishers (2006)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
We aim to examine a range of key concepts and arguments used in the intersection between ethical and legal debate. This will be done in part by close attention to key judicial decisions, in New Zealand and elsewhere, so that students would be expected to develop the following skills:
  • The ability to read a judicial decision and identify the ethical issues
  • A knowledge of the arguments needed to critique the decision
  • An understanding of ethical debate and its relevance to the rationale of a given decision

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 16:00-17:50 9, 11-12, 15-16, 19

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 13:00-17:50 17
AND
B1 Saturday 09:00-17:50 17