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LAWS447 Law and Medicine

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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.

Paper title Law and Medicine
Paper code LAWS447
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $691.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
LAWS 547
Limited to
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.
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Learning Outcomes

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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-15, 18-22
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-15, 17-22