Module leader: Dr Sheelagh McGuinness
This module gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge and critical understanding of the relationship between law and reproduction in England and Wales and in some other jurisdictions. The course will be grounded in a socio-legal approach, allowing students to think critically and analytically about the historical, cultural, and ethical underpinnings of regulation of reproduction.
Although the focus will be on reproduction the course will give students the opportunity to think critically about the interplay between public and private choices and also to consider the differences between personal choices and policy considerations. The course will do this by introducing students to pro and anti natalist ideology, a consideration of the historical regulation of abortion, and concluding with recent debates regarding the regulation of assisted reproduction.
Methods of assessment
Modules on the LLM programmes will be assessed in one of the following ways. As this website is set up in advance, it is not possible to specify which method of assessment will be implemented for each module.
One 3-hour written examination
If you'd like to find out how a module will be assessed in the forthcoming academic year please contact the LLM Programmes Administrator at Law-LLM@contacts.bham.ac.uk.