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Unit information: Introduction to Medical Law in 2021/22

Unit name Introduction to Medical Law
Unit code SSCM30002
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Huxtable
Open unit status Not open

None, other than those pre-requisites for undertaking study on the programme.



School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit introduces the key features of medical law, in particular its legal underpinnings. Students are introduced to legal studies and some of the background issues and themes in medical law, in particular those areas of the law which form the basis for medical law. Students are also introduced to the relationship between medical law and bioethics. The sessions are designed to provide students with a basic grounding in medical law, in advance of (and during) the Medical Law unit run by the Law School.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a student should:

  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of the legal themes and issues studied;
  • Be able to undertake legal research and thereby locate legal sources;
  • Be able to express the legal concepts and principles studied accurately;
  • Be able to apply the legal concepts and principles studied;
  • Be able to critique the legal concepts and principles studied;
  • Have an appreciation of the links between medical law and bioethics.

Teaching details

Teaching will be through a mixture of in-person tutorials and seminars, and asynchronous online delivery. Synchronous online delivery will also be available where appropriate.

Assessment Details

Summative assessment comprises a written assignment of 4000 words, chosen from a selection of essay and problem-style questions (these latter are a familiar method of assessment in Law). Formative assessment comprises: preparation of seminar exercises; participation in seminar activities, including group-work and oral presentations; a written assignment of 2000 words.


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