Courses & Units

Law and Ethics of Health Care LAW296

Start date is 21 June 2021, with the Unit then running for three weeks. This corresponds with weeks 26, 27 and 28.

Monday 11.00 – 2.00pm

Tuesday 2.00 – 5.00pm

Thursday 10.00 – 1.00pm


Decisions about the development, delivery, and funding of healthcare, both within Australia and globally, will affect every member of our society. This unit provides students with the opportunity to engage in in-depth analysis of topical ethical and legal issues in healthcare, including the conduct of healthcare practitioners, development of new technologies, and public and global health law. The unit is interactive and multi-disciplinary in nature drawing content from law, ethics, and medical sciences. Throughout the unit, students will explore the potential and limitations of the law for addressing morally and politically contentious issues.


Unit name Law and Ethics of Health Care
Unit code LAW296
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Professor Margaret Otlowski
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and explain legal rules and ethical principles relevant to healthcare delivery.
  • Apply these rules and principles to construct legally and ethically persuasive arguments for reform of healthcare delivery practices.
  • Undertake original research using primary legal materials as well as medical, legal, and ethics journals.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090999 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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50 credit points of Introductory units - to do this unit it is recommended that you have completed LAW107

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



AssessmentTest (legal rules and principles) (25%)|Test (research skills) (25%)|Law Reform Submission (50%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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