Law School Module Details

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Code LAW368
Coordinator Professor A Garde
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 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 Method 1 - Lecture

Description: The lectures will be used to set the scene and provide key background information and explain the role of law in relation to each of the topics covered as part of the course. Lectures will also be used to provide general feedback on formative essays and drop in sessions.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: The seminars will focus on specific case studies, allowing students to engage in more depth with specific topics. Since many of the issues involved in this module are deeply normative and contentious, the seminars will be designed to encourage discussion and debate of the issues raised in lectures, and we will expect students to arrive at seminars having prepared well through in-depth reading and reflection. Students will be encourage during seminar to establish links between the topic areas throughout the course.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: 4 x 2 hour Seminars, to be held once every three weeks during term time.

Teaching Method 3 - Problem Based Learning
Description: The module will make use of drop-in academic workshops. These drop in sessions will allow students to discuss and clarify any part of the module, and will be used to consolidate and build upon the learning that takes place during lectures and seminars. Drop in sessions (which take place after the release of coursework) will also be used as a vehicle to support students in the preparation of their summative coursework.
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: 4 x 90 mins Drop-in Sessions, to be held once every three weeks during term time.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 18




Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 122.5


EXAM Duration Timing
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Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
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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    100       

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