LEGAL300-22A (HAM)

Law and Bioethics

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

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Paper Description

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This is a survey course designed to develop students' understanding of key issues in Medical Law and Bioethics within the legislative and policy framework of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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Paper Structure

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This paper will be taught through one 2 hour lecture, and one 1 hour lecture each week through the course of the Trimester. Commencing from the second week of Trimester, there will also be a one hour tutorial that will run each week through the remainder of the Trimester.

This paper is "asynchronous FLEXI", meaning livestream of the live lecture is not the norm but may be offered in certain circumstances. Depending upon the COVID Protection framework ("Tracffic Light" settings), lectures will be delivered either on-campus in the lecture theatre or off-campus via Zoom. The lecture will be recorded via Panopto and available on Moodle page for the course within 24 hours of the lecture

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking and communications skills acquired from 100-300 level papers in previous bachelor's degree study in any discipline in the context of the law relating to Law and Bioethics
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  • Demonstrate and critically apply knowledge of Law and Bioethics
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  • Communicate coherent and principled arguments for law reform
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Assessment

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For details on the specific due dates and times of assessments, please refer to Moodle.

This paper has designed internal assessments to test your knowledge development throughout the course and to prepare you for the final presentations. In developing your knowledge of Bioethics and Law, you can then apply your knowledge critically, beyond the end of this course.

Online Quiz

This is a multi-choice online test, comprised of 20 questions, in supporting the learning objective to assess students' ability to demonstrate and critically apply knowledge about Law and Bioethics. This test will draw on content from the Key Ethical Theories and The Treaty of Waitangi lectures, including also, some required course readings. On starting the quiz will have one hour to complete it. You will also have a maximum of two attempts, with your best mark then being counted as your grade for this assessment.

Research Essay

This assignment supports the learning objective to demonstrate and critically apply knowledge about Law and Bioethics. The research essay topic will be connected to the first half of the lectures. In a maximum of 2,000 words, students will need to choose from one of three questions. Student's should begin with the content that was taught in class on the topic and then, look deeper at the issues by doing research.

Presentation (In Class)

This assessment will support the learning objectives in relation to applying critical thinking and communication skills in the context of the law relating to Law and Bioethics. It will also assess students' ability to communicate coherent and principled arguments for law reform.

This assessment is intended to be an in-class debate. If Covid restrictions do not permit this, then an informal discussion with the lecturer, will be utilised to assess students instead.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Online Quiz
31 Mar 2022
No set time
33
2. Research Essay
28 Apr 2022
No set time
33
3. Presentations (In Class)
9 Jun 2022
No set time
33
4. Participation
1
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All Required & Recommended readings are listed in the Waikato Reading List for this paper, and via the paper's Moodle page.

New Zealand Law Style Guide (3rd ed, Thomson Reuters, 2018).

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle, and via the Law Student Hub.

If you require assistance with Moodle, or encounter any problems, please contact the Help Desk. You can send a message to Help Desk by using the instant message service in your paper (from the participants list within the People block). Alternatively, you can email them directly at help@waikato.ac.nz or call 838 4008.

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Workload

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Students should expect to spend 150 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture attendance and learning materials, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more focused research time in the preparation of assignments.
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