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    Legal aspects of ethical and other issues arising in medical practice and research, such as the status of the foetus, alternative methods of reproduction, informed consent, confidentiality, death and dying, cadaveric transplantation.

    This course engages with the legal issues that arise from the provision of healthcare. In particular, we explore how the law governs: the standard of care provided by medical professionals, consent to medical treatment, confidentiality and privacy, the allocation of healthcare resources, the ownership of bodily material, the beginning of life, and the end of life.

    About this paper

    Paper title Law and Medicine
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    96 LAWS points
    Pre or Corequisite
    Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
    LAWS 547
    Limited to
    GDipBHL, LLB, LLB(Hons), PGCertPHC, PGDipPHC
    Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
    Teaching staff

    Dr Jeanne Snelling


    Course readings via eReserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will have a detailed knowledge of the legal issues that arise from the provision of healthcare.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
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