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Unit information: Law, Governance and Health in 2021/22

Unit name Law, Governance and Health
Unit code LAWDM0134
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Syrett
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The Law, Governance and Health unit examines the related ideas of health governance and governance for health. It examines both theoretical and practical questions engaged by the idea of health in all policies, and engages critically with questions of how health should factor into the governance roles of different public and private institutions, what constraints there are on health policy broadly conceived, and how accountability may be achieved in relation to different institutional actors engaged in health across sectors. Given the breadth of its scope, practical areas of analysis will draw from different sectors, and students will learn about the application of different modes of critical understanding to describe, explain, and evaluate health governance and governance for health.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The Unit aims to develop an understanding of Law, Governance, and Health, and develop an institutional and context-based approach to the study of questions in health law. As appropriate, these will be considered in light of associated social, political, and regulatory perspectives.

On completion of the Unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse critically the ideas of Health Governance and Governance for Health
  2. Analyse critically the concept of health in all policies, and how this may work in practice
  3. Undertake independent research and critical analysis in relation to questions raised on the Unit
  4. Apply critically such knowledge and understanding within a discursive, critical essay
  5. State critically relevant law and other modes of regulation accurately
  6. Apply legal and political principles to practical questions concerning law, governance, and health
  7. Evaluate critically the overall area of Law, Governance, and Health

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Information

2 x summative assessments: 2x coursework with a specified word count (50% each)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.