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Unit Overview


This unit develops themes associated with health care and regulation, with a particular focus on the public and private character of various aspects thereof. There is a strong emphasis on the policy and ethics discourses underpinning health law, as well as an exploration of specific substantive areas of regulation. The unit engages with global as well as domestic perspectives. Particular themes include Foundational Concepts of Health Law and Regulation; Frameworks for Decision-Making; Frameworks for Domestic Regulation; Responding to Global Challenges.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) articulate and apply the (a) legal, ethical and policy considerations associated with health regulation; (b) the specific legal frameworks associated with particular issues in health care; (2) demonstrate an advanced understanding of the public and private dimensions of health care regulation and critically evaluate these through the exploration of specific topics.; (3) identify and critically analyse (a) the global and domestic challenges for health care regulation; and (b) the different and various regulatory regimes and responses to health care issues; and (4) demonstrate an ability and willingness to (a) participate and contribute to seminar discussion; (b) present analysis in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive to legal and non-legal audiences.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) seminar participation; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Michelle de Souza
Unit rules
LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
LAWS6324 Medicine and the Law
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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