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LA4031 - Medical Jurisprudence

[Not offered in 2012]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Law Office

This is a dynamic skills based subject with the primary objective being the development of effective ethical legal professionals who research, evaluate and apply underlying legal principles of health law. Topics include the regulation of health care in Australia; ethics and professionalism; confidentiality and ownership of medical records; consent to medical treatment; professional liability; abortion; reproductive technology; surrogacy; genetics; euthanasia; living will legislation; human tissue and organ transplantation; and complaints against health care professionals.

Learning Outcomes

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the ethical and legal dimensions of Queensland's health laws; to comprehend, evaluate and synthesise such laws as against similar laws in other jurisdictions;
  • To evaluate the implications of health issues for Queensland law reform, policy and practice and distinguish between 'law in the books' and 'law in action'; to contextualise health laws within the broader social, political, cultural, spiritual and economic framework of Australian society.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • The ability to access and employ online technologies effectively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.
Prerequisites: LA1101 and LA1102 and LA2017 and LA2018 and LA2019 and LA2020

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.