MEDICAL LAW AND ETHICS
2017/2018, Semester 1
Modular Credits: LL4277V ( 5 ) / LL5277V ( 5 ) / LL6277V ( 5 )
This course addresses the legal and ethical issues that arise in modern healthcare and medical practice. Issues that are addressed include: consent to medical treatment, professional liabilities of healthcare professionals, confidentiality and privacy, end-of-life issues, assisted reproduction and human organ transplantation in Singapore. At the end of the course, students should be able to:
a. Understand basic principles of medical ethics and appreciate the context in which healthcare is delivered in Singapore;
b. Understand important legal and ethical issues that arise in healthcare;
c. Know and understand how to apply the legal and ethical principles in the prevailing medical case law, legislation and professional ethics guidelines;
d. Appreciate the countervailing arguments and values that relate to these issues; and
e. Form and refine your opinions on what the best responses to these issues are.
NUS Compulsory Core Curriculum or its equivalent.
The emphasis in this course is on independent learning. The overview lectures and seminar discussions seek to give you a framework and perspectives with which to approach the study of each topic. The syllabus acts as a resource guide, although important cases and secondary material are asterisked so that you know what you need to focus on.
Seminar sessions will generally begin with overview lectures followed by discussions focused on pre-assigned reading material (issued via seminar reading assignments which correspond to the course schedule). The expectation is that you would have read these materials beforehand, think about the issues, and discuss these in class. For students assigned to submit a seminar paper (due before the respective seminar sessions), these are brief opinion pieces that outline the most important issues raised by the readings and your views on those issues.
Please refer to the Teaching Schedule file in the workbin.
Please refer to the relevant files in the workbin.
Students who have read LL4400/LL5400/LL6400 BIOMEDICAL LAW & ETHICS are precluded.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week