Medical Law (LAWS5152)


This unit of study provides an introduction to some of the legal issues that arise in modern health care. Issues to be covered in the course include: consent to medical treatment, professional liability of health professionals (including different forms of action for medical negligence), confidentiality, privacy, and access to medical records, the regulation of reproduction (including termination of pregnancy), and end-of-life decision-making, including assisted dying or "euthanasia". By the end of the unit, students will have a grounding in legislation and caselaw regulating the provision of health care services, and will also be aware of some of the ethical issues that arise in medical contexts. Student participation in class discussion will be expected.

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Further unit of study information


2x2-hr seminars/week for 10 weeks


Three options: 1) 1hr exam (50%) and 3,500wd essay (50%); 2) 1hr exam (50%) and 2,500wd assignment, earlier submission date (50%); 3) 1hr exam (50%) and 2,500wd assignment, later submission date (50%).

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


LAWS3046 or LAWS3452

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.