Law School Module Details

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Code LAW368
Coordinator Professor A Garde
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15


The aims of the module will be:

- To develop a critical understanding of a number of topical issues of public health law, with a specific focus on non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention, in a global context.

- To develop an appreciation of the legal and ethical issues that arise when utilising law as a public health tool for NCD prevention.

- To crically assess the legal interventions that public policymakers have at their disposal for contributing to NCD prevention.

- To reflect on how evidence derived from related fields of study, such as epidemiology, psychology, behavioural economics and other social sciences can be used to support the development of effective NCD prevention strategies.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the control regimes for NCD risk factors

(LO2) Identify and critically analyse the ethical issues arising from efforts to use law to prevent NCDs

(LO3) Understand and critically appraise the national and international policy processes through which NCD prevention law is made

(LO4) Understand and critically evaluate the theoretical frameworks for effective legal governance and intervention in the field of NCD prevention.

(LO5) Demonstrate a critical knoweldge of the multifaceted legal and policy problems inherent in using law as a tool of NCD prevention

(S1) Locate, intepret and evaluate legal instruments relevant to public health and NCD prevention

(S2) Locate, interpret and evaluate non-legal evidence relevant to public health and NCD prevention

(S3) Critically evaluate the relationship between public health law, policy, theory and ethics

(S4) Critically analyse and synthesise arguments on public health law and NCD prevention

(S5) Engage with non-legal literature relating to NCD prevention

(S6) Critically compare public health law regimes

(S7) Conduct self-motivated research

(S8) Demonstrate advanced scholarly writing skills



Topics covered in the module will typically include the following:

- The NCD global epidemic

- The role of law in preventing NCDs

- The ethics of NCD prevention

- NCD prevention as a human rights and trade issue. - Tobacco control policies

- The prevention of alcohol related harm

- Obesity prevention

- NCD prevention in EU law

- NCD prevention in national law: a comparative perspective

- Preventing NCDs in the digital age.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Pattern
Learning and teaching on this module will be structured in accordance with the principles of Hybrid Active Learning with asynchronous materials and synchronous seminar sessions. Asynchronous recordings provide material previously addressed in physical lectures, suitably broken down (‘chunking’) and augmented (e.g. further readings) so as to enhance student engagement. Synchronous sessions will run on a fortnightly pattern across the semester (i.e. 6 in total) and will each have a duration of 2 hours.

Module Delivery
This will be via combination of asynchronous and synchronous sessions for i.e. Hybrid Active Learning.

Teaching Schedule

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


Timetable (if known) 90 mins X 1 totaling 18
120 mins X 1 totaling 12
Private Study 116


EXAM Duration Timing
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Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
MCQ Test 10%      10       
Summative assessment of the module will take place through the preparation of coursework . There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous a  -3500 words    90       

Recommended Texts

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Other Staff Teaching on this Module

Miss KV Ward Law

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