Law School

College of Arts and Law


Code 22353

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Module description

An introduction to bioethics and its connection to UK medical law, covering topics such as: general ethical approaches (consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics), professional bodies (Royal Colleges of Medicine, General Medical Council, British Medical Association), moral status, value of life, autonomy, beneficence/non-maleficence/ harm, justice, dignity, confidentiality/truthfulness/consent, research ethics, genetics, future generations, beginning of life, end of life, retention of organs and tissues including organ transplantation, global and societal bioethics issues including population control, allocation of resources and environmental issues, and the application of ethics to law (including law and morality, human rights and ethics, and criminal law and ethics).

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars and Guided independent study.