Law School Module Details

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Code LAW597
Coordinator Dr DP Horton
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 20


To investigate and elucidate the regulatory frameworks which apply in the context of health and social care regulation and their relationship to regulatory theory;

To enable students to understand the impact of regulation on patients, service-users, practitioners and society;

To examine, appraise and analyse the meaning and role of ‘competition’, as it applies to health and social care regulation and to compare this with the values of health and wellbeing on the other;

To examine, appraise and analyse the relationship between regulation on the one hand and expertise and trust on the other;

To examine, appraise and analyse regulatory arrangements for the provision of health care services.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Show an understanding of the relevant social, political, philosophical, and cultural contexts within which regulating health care, social care and drug companies operates;

(LO2) Analyse, evaluate and interpret the principal source materials of health care, social care and drug regulation, including national statutes, national, European and international law reports, treaties, directives and other relevant materials as appropriate;

(LO3) Apply legal and regulatory knowledge to a practical situation and draw reasoned conclusions supported by legal authority;

(LO4) Understand and employ English, European and international legal terminology, in writing, to explain and convey technical legal information at an advanced level;

(LO5) Demonstrate advanced legal skills (e.g. critical analysis) necessary to enable them to reach a superior understanding of regulatory activity in health care, adult social care and drug manufacturing, even if not previously studied at undergraduate level;

(LO6) Utilise problem-solving skills in complex theoretical and practical contexts;

(S1) Teamwork

(S2) Problem-Solving Skills

(S3) Ethical awareness

(S4) Communication skills



The syllabus is indicative and the specific syllabus each year will be confirmed ahead of each academic year and made available to students ahead of module selection and via module handbooks. Topics may include areas such as:

• Regulatory Theory and Practice
• The Regulation of Medicines
• Medicinal Product Liability
• Health Care Regulation
• Social Care Regulation
• Public Health

Teaching and Learning Strategies

• The module will run in line with the same seminar pattern as 2019-20 (this can occur either online or face-to-face);
• Week 1 and 12 seminars are for introductory and revision purposes;
• Week 6 or 7 has customarily been a mid-semester break to allow students to complete a formative exercise, and a formative feedback seminar held the week after which examines the questions set, discusses the issues and provides an opportunity to explore assessment technique and expectations;

11 two-hour seminars for which students are prepared in advance;
Module resources on Canvas

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   22


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 172


EXAM Duration Timing
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Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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Course essay – gathering, selecting, synthesising and presenting There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Sc  3,500 words in lengt    100       
The formative assignment will be 20% of the final mark. It takes place in the middle of the semester and comprises a 1,500-word literature review or briefing paper  -1500 words         

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