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QLLM457 New Medical Technologies and the Law 1 (Sem 1)

Module description

This module examines legal and policy responses to developments in medical science, increases in scientific knowledge, for example, the mapping of the human genome, post questions to which legislatures and courts react. Public discussion of new scientific knowledge is generally focused on ethical issues. For those interested in law, however, the questions posed raise not only ethical issues but issues about law itself. Which legal traditions can be called upon in response to new knowledge? Are the resources law uses adequate for such a response? Can legal thought imagine new ways of dealing with new knowledge? The law in this arena often makes explicit reference to ethical theories and ethical ways of arguing, and we seek in this module to introduce lawyers and philosophers and clinicians to each others’ methods and ways of arguing and analyzing practical problems. This module focuses on novel techniques for enhancing human potential, and on the use of new medicines for personal health and enhancement.

Prerequisites

None

Applicable Groupings

Mode of Assessment

7,500 word course essay

Credits

22.5 credits

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