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LAWS602 The Genomic Future and the Law

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Considers the interface between genetics, other biotechnologies and law in three broad areas: use, management of genetic information and biological samples; preimplantation, prenatal genetic testing, screening; genetic modification of plants, animals.

Paper title The Genomic Future and the Law
Paper code LAWS602
Subject Law
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,964.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $7,797.00

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Pre or Corequisite
LAWS 501
Limited to
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan
Dr Jeanne Snelling
Other staff
Course materials are provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand, explain and critique the genomic future and legal studies literature in terms of its main approaches, theory and debates.
  • Apply their new understandings of the genomic future to how they will impact on society and critically assess what the legal landscape needs to consider in response.
  • Understand how to draw out the practical and policy implications of the findings of research into the genomic future, with particular emphasis on being able to write policy and position papers for governments and decision makers in this area.
  • Conceptualise research projects and have advanced research, writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Be capable of researching and reviewing up-to-date national and international literature in Genomics and the Law, as well as interdisciplinary research that interacts with Genomics and the Law.
  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking, with particular emphasis on how to understand and measure likely impacts on legal policy choices in the areas where new understandings in Genomics have impact on society.

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system