SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHM125713
Module Leader Alison Britton
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Students would normally have completed Healthcare Law and Ethics at Level 3, or equivalent.

Summary of Content

Students undertaking this module will already have normally undertaken L3 Health Care Law and Ethics . This module will build on previous learning to consider and develop students' understanding of the perpetual political agenda of maintaining/enhancing public trust/confidence in health care in Scotland, the UK and in Europe. The module will offer those with an interest in healthcare law some alternative perspectives on the functions and current directions of law in its role of regulating medicine and thereby encourage broader, inter-disciplinary approaches. It will explore some areas of professional discipline and contemporary challenges to the current frameworks. Finally, it will consider issues pertaining to research ethics and discuss introductory qualitative research methodology approaches. PRME-related issues: the very nature of this module and indeed, incorporated into its title is the word ethics. The student of health care law considers the application and intersection of law and ethics relating to the practice of medicine and all allied health care specialisms. This interrelation does not always sit easily which makes it all the more challenging for the practitioner and fascinating and thought provoking for the student. The subject matter and scope of this module transcends legal boundaries and therefore makes it an attractive option for students from all jurisdictions and nations. There are no prerequisites.


Politics of Healthcare: Public health and the patient relationship Health threats to the community Health promotion Political violence, and medicine Human rights and healthcare law. Healthcare ethics and healthcare practice: The organisation of medicine; functions dn directions of law Professional discipline and contemporary legal challenge Public relations. The International dimension: Health care policy in the EU Access to care in the EU Cross border to access to healthcare in the EU- implications for Scotland Health Resources: Global distribution of resources The allocation of national resources Treatment of the individual Research: An introduction to research ethics An introduction to Qualitative research methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:Generic Programme Outcomes:1. demonstrate principles and techniques of advanced legal qualitative research and understand the necessity and application of research ethics2. show an understanding of the relevant social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical, scientific and cultural contexts within which fiduciary duties and relationships in Health Care operate3. identify, locate and retrieve source legal materials in Health Care, both in paper and electronic form4. analyse, evaluate and interpret the principal source materials in Health Care, including national statutes, national, European and international law reports, treaties, directives and other relevant materials as appropriate5. apply legal knowledge to a practical situation and draw reasoned conclusions supported by legal authority6. synthesise information from primary legal sources to achieve detailed knowledge and understanding of Health Care law and ethics7. understand and employ legal terminology, both orally and in writing, to explain and convey technical legal information at an advanced level8. demonstrate advanced legal skills (e.g. critical analysis) necessary to enable them to reach a superior understanding of Health Care law and ethics. Skills:9. develop critical analysis skills10. utilise problem-solving skills in complex theoretical and practical contexts11. develop time management and prioritisation skills by working to deadlines12. develop individual and group communication skills by making seminar presentations13. develop oral discussion skills by participating in debates and problem-solving exercises14. develop teamwork skills in preparing for and delivering presentations15.take responsibility for own learning16.develop skills in reading, analysing and synthesising different viewpoints and presenting their findings/conclusions in clear, comprehensible, structured format, with detailed argumentation where able to make a critical judgment of the merits of particular arguments and reach a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or arguments.Subject Specific Outcomes: 18. To gain an appreciation of some philosophical theories of the importance and functioning of trust and confidence in the medical profession and the systems set up to regulate it.19. To be able to comment critically on recent medical 'high profile' media stories and their impact on the regulatory arena.20. To be able to evaluate the role of the law as a tool with which to enhance or -maintain trust and/or confidence with reference to specific contexts.21.To gain an appreciation of research ethics and qualitative research methodologies. 22. To be able to apply ideas of 'medicalisation' models to areas of health care law and practice. 23. To assimilate enhanced skills of legal analysis, independent research and abilities to construct coherent legal arguments, orally and in writing.24. PRME Learning Outcome: demonstrate an ability to explore ethical and socially responsible responses to issues arising within the context of the law of obligations.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission. The strategy involves a combination of lecturing to introduce and frame the topics for independent and consolidating study. The on line seminars require individual presentation and participation and directed reading in recommended texts and independent study in preparation for seminars and lectures. Teaching will be a combination of lectures and weekly on line seminars . Internationalisation: The delivery of this module will set Scots, UK and EU law as appropriate in an international context. Feedback strategy: Prior to submitting coursework, students are invited to seek assistance and advice from the module leader. Each piece of coursework will be returned to the student with a personalised feedback sheet. Verbal feedback will also be provided to the class in lecture. The students are invited to approach the module leader for additional feedback if required.

Indicative Reading

Books and articles: Essential Reading Laurie, Harmon and Porter; Mason and McCall-Smith's Law and Medical Ethics, (10 Ed. 2016) Oxford University Press <> Additional Reading: Herring, J. Medical Law and Ethics, (6th Ed. 2016) Oxford University Press <> Samanta J and A., Medical Law (2nd edition) 2015. Palgrave Law Masters <> Montgomery, J. Health Care Law, 3rd Ed July 2012 | ISBN-10: 0199274487 | ISBN-13: 978-0199274482 <> Brazier, M. Medicine, Patients and the Law, (6thd Ed. 2016) Manchester University Press <> Reference Reading: Kennedy, I. & Grubb, A. Medical Law, (3rd Ed. 2000) Butterworth's Online sources: there are so many to chooses form but some of the best include: British Medical Association <> The Lancet <> Medical Law Review <> Medscape <> Pub Med <>

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Analysis, Synthesis, Critical Judgement and Evaluation The ability to identify issues, assimilate, evaluate and analyse information to construct written or oral solutions to a problem by bringing together and integrating relevant information, and selecting key material, from a variety of different sources. The ability to present arguments for and against propositions, acknowledging ranking of sources and relative impact in context. Such skills are developed within this module through the following activities: preparation and participating in seminars, researched written essay and examination. Personal Management, Independence and Ability to Learn The ability to organise and prioritise effectively the expenditure of time and effort in the performance of all aspects of student work. The ability to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies; to manage their own learning development and to reflect upon their learning, seeking and making use of feedback. Such skills are developed within this module through the following activities: Independent study, participation in fortnightly seminars, prepare summary for group seminar, researched essay and examination. Communication and Literacy The ability to communicate information, ideas, advice and choices in an effective and succinct manner and in plain English without losing focus on key issues. The ability to listen and question effectively, to give and receive feedback and to make presentations addressing an allocated topic within the prescribed time frame. The ability to communicate both orally and in writing (and, where appropriate, by the use of electronic means) using the English language accurately by creating work which is comprehensible to the intended audience. The ability to create documents which are analytical, descriptive and inquisitive using appropriate terminology and recognised methods of citation and reference. Such skills are developed within this module through the following activities: Oral participation and contribution in lectures, oral opinions expressed in lectures in lectures, researched essay and examination(both of which require students to identify and access primary and secondary source materials). Numeracy, Information, Technology and Teamwork Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, the ability to present and evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form. The ability to produce and present in an appropriate form a word-processed essay or other appropriate format. The ability to conduct efficient searches of websites to locate relevant information; and exchange documents by E-mail. The ability to work productively and cooperatively in different kinds of groups; to establish working relations with others, defining, sharing and delegating responsibilities within the group. Such skills are developed within this module through the following activities: group participation online, weekly online seminars, contribution to online summaries. Retrieval of sources using electronic means. Responding to and discussing legal and ethical concepts.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 60.00 35% Group report on contemporary area of healthcare policy.
Coursework 2 n/a 40.00 35% Blog style essay(1500 words).