COVID-19 in law, policy, and practice

This module introduces students to the unique challenges COVID-19 has presented to society, and allows them to benefit from the most up-to-date teaching in this rapidly unfolding area of law and ethics.
 

The COVID-19 pandemic is a unique challenge for law, ethics, and policy in the United Kingdom. It has impacted a vast array of issues within public life including human rights, criminal justice, the Constitution, as well as the clear impact upon health and healthcare ethics. In many ways, the pandemic has challenged much of the traditional thinking and discourse in each of these areas.

This module introduces students to the unique challenges COVID-19 has presented to society, and allows them to benefit from the most up-to-date teaching in this rapidly unfolding area of law and ethics. The assessment method for this module is truly innovative, students will produce a piece of coursework in the style of a submission to a fictionalised COVID-19 public inquiry.  Guidance on writing for public inquiries will be provided as part of the module.

The contact teaching is delivered in an intensive three-day block in order to be accessible to those who work in full-time employment, but the module is open to full-time students too. Teaching is by interactive lectures, plenary and small group discussion.

The module is also available as part of our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme, where students will be provided with all the necessary reading materials, participate in the teaching as normal, but are not required to sit the assessment. This option is available to those who have a keen interest in the impact COVID-19 has had on law and policy, but do not wish to take the module as credits towards a postgraduate qualification.

 

This module will be of interest to those keen to better understand how COVID-19 has disrupted law and policy, not just in the healthcare arena, but the wider legal system. It has relevance to those working in strategic and frontline roles in healthcare, social care, and local authority roles, as well as those with an academic interest in the issues the module addresses. Students will not just gain a clear understand of the impact the pandemic has had on key aspects of law and policy, but gain a key transferable skill in writing evidence for public inquiries, if they elect to take the assessment.

 

For more information, please contact the module leader - Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner

For more details on the course, please visit here.

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