Upon completing this course, students are able to:
- identify different levels and types of healthcare, and models for financing this care, and explain why these distinctions are important in the context of regulating health technologies
- understand the interrelationship between health law, technological regulation, and societal practices, norms and knowledge
- describe established regulatory practices for pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as understand how these are received, resisted and shaped by health care professionals and patients
- explain reasons contributing to the difficulty of regulating emerging technologies in their healthcare and health-related contexts from a legal, Science & Technology Studies, ethical, and sociological perspective
- explain what is meant by social constructions of health and reflect on technology as simultaneously an instrument of behavioral governance and entity to be governed
- conduct a multi-disciplinary analysis of an emergent technology application that identifies regulatory/governance challenges and proposes potential solutions to those challenges
Group Presentation: 40%
Final Paper : 60 %
For all requirements, students should review the information in the course syllabus, which will be posted on blackboard well in advance of the start of the course.
There is a 100% re-sit for this course.
Health is one aspect of life that at some time or another affects us all. We all have been, are, or will at some point be, in contact with various parts of healthcare systems – either directly for ourselves or indirectly for a family member or loved one. Due to the need to protect individuals when they are part of this system, care – and thereby the technologies that are part of care processes – has long been tightly-regulated. The sector has highly delineated industry standards and guidelines for practice. However, (national) health systems are increasingly under stress and turn to emerging technologies as potential solutions to the various problems that come up. However, these technologies can have unintended consequences in practice and they are generally not without controversy. The use of such technologies therefore raises multiple questions of governance: they disrupt practice, often contradict established (professional) norms and significantly outpace regulatory control.
This course therefore examines these regulatory challenges, questions of technological governance, and the way these interact with health care practices. We adopt a multi-disciplinary approach, and especially draw on insights from law, Science and Technology Studies, ethics, medical informatics and sociology to tease out the intricacies of regulating health technologies.
Type of instructions
Rapid Fire Discussion groups
Type of exams
Group Presentation (40%), Final Paper (60%)