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LAWS3081 Law and the Human Body

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The various legal categories applicable to the human body and body parts and their relationships with one another.
  • The statutory instruments applicable to the human body and body parts and their underpinnings in scandals and debates relating to the status of the human body.
  • Possible solutions to problems connected with the remedification of interferences with the human body.
  • The impact of the legal status of the body on various frameworks for increasing the supply of organs for transplantation.
  • The special and controversial role of property law in dealing with problems relating to the human body.
  • The appropriate mortuary regime governing the disposition and exhumation of dead bodies.
  • The biotechnological contexts for debates relating to the human body.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and locate primary and secondary (including electronic) legal sources relevant to law and the human body.
  • Analyse and critically assess legal materials by way of statutory interpretation, case analysis and review of secondary materials to identify, comprehend and evaluate fundamental legal principles relating to law and the human body and their impact upon contemporary issues.
  • Identify the relevant legal facts and legal issues raised
  • Explain the law applicable to the identified legal issues;
  • Apply the relevant law to the given facts;
  • Examine uncertainties in the law and its application to the given facts and evaluate alternative approaches and arguments.
  • Provide adequate support by reference to legal authority
  • Produce effectively reasoned and structured responses to a given statement or proposition, which are adequately supported by reference to legal authority.
  • Communicate effectively the knowledge of law and the human body through either oral presentations during seminars or clear and concise written opinions.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate complex statutory material.
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate complex case material.
  • Effectively apply knowledge from legal materials to solve practical problems.
  • Formulate an effectively reasoned and structured argument.
  • Develop and present written arguments supported by appropriate evidence
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Have knowledge and critical understanding of the law relating to body parts.
  • Solve legal issues and problems that arise from biotechnological exploitation of body Parts.
  • Contribute to the debate relating to the commodification of body parts.

Syllabus

Compensation

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Practical classes and workshops2
Preparation for scheduled sessions60
Seminar19
Wider reading or practice60
Completion of assessment task40
Revision60
Lecture19
Follow-up work40
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

R Hardcastle (2007). Law and the Human Body: Property Rights, Ownership and Control. 

R N Nwabueze (2007). Biotechnology and the Challenge of Property: Property Rights in Dead Bodies, Body Parts, and Genetic Information. 

D Dickenson (2007). Property in the Body; Feminist Perspectives. 

Assessment

Formative

Oral presentation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (3.5 hours) 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (3.5 hours) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (3.5 hours) 100%
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