• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rebekah McWhirter
    • Ruoying Chen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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Health is a core human concern, and decisions about how it is delivered, funded and improved affect all of us. Law is involved from the level of individual clinical encounters all the way through to international efforts to manage global health, and the way it does so is hotly contested, with strong ethical and human rights dimensions to health law debates.

This course will examine the various ways that law interacts with health and medicine, and the role of ethics in shaping these interactions. It takes a multidisciplinary approach in considering both what the law is, and what it should be, as well as its role as a determinant of health. Topics covered include: regulation of health practitioners; law at the beginning and end of life; mental health and disability law; public health law; governance of human research; and regulation of emerging technologies, among others.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Analyse the impact of health law issues in the Australian context for healthcare, health policy and society.
  2. Synthesise and apply bioethical and human rights principles to legal problems arising in medical and health contexts.
  3. Interpret and communicate the principles, law and terminology of health law and bioethics effectively for legal and non-legal audiences.
  4. Plan and execute a research project on complex health law and bioethics issues.

Other Information

N/A

Indicative Assessment

  1. The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with at least two pieces of assessment, including one piece during the teaching period. More information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course, will be available in the class summary and on the course WATTLE page. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught semi-intensively with compulsory contact hours of approximately 36 hours of face-to-face teaching. The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (ALLB) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 6100 level LAWS courses

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when finalised.

Preliminary Reading

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when finalised.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8726 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A
8727 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 Online N/A

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