Law and Healthy Lifestyles
19 July 2012
This unit responds to the growing interest in law and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and tobacco-related diseases are society's greatest killers, but what can - and should - law be doing to prevent and control them?
Law's relationship with behavioural risk factors including tobacco use, poor diet, obesity, the harmful use of alcohol, and a sedentary lifestyle is complex and contested.
At the same time, governments around the world are experimenting with a wide range of legal strategies to reduce risk factors for NCDs and to create healthier societies.
Law & Health Lifestyles focuses in particular on legal strategies for encouraging healthier lifestyles in Australia and the United States.
Law and regulation are important tools for improving the public's health, especially through the contribution they make to healthy environments which facilitate and support healthy lifestyles.
The aim of this unit is to equip students to think powerfully about law's role in supporting healthier lifestyles, and to participate effectively in debates about appropriate, workable, legal and regulatory interventions.
Against the background of growing international interest in NCDs, and through a comparative approach which draws on legal responses to NCDs in both Australia and the United States, students will explore the tension between personal responsibility and freedom, and the broader public interest in a healthy and productive population.
Key topics include:
Throughout the unit, students will be encouraged to critically evaluate the success of the strategies law adopts to protect and promote public health, to explore new strategies that law might adopt, and to reflect on the tension between the public interest in protecting health, and competing interests.
Semester 2 Intensive
6 August (Introduction), 16-17 August & 13-14 September 2012
Seminar Room 105
Sydney Law School (F10)
University of Sydney NSW 2006
Law & Health Lifestyles is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:
Legal practitioners can count this unit of study towards Mandatory Continuing Legal Educaiton (MCLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Candidates can elect to complete the assessment, claim the MCLE or CPD points and then count the unit towards a degree at a later stage.
Alternatively, candidates can elect not to complete the assessment but still claim the MCLE or CPD points.
For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.
Contact: Greg Sherington
Phone: +61 2 9351 0202