Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor Health Care and Nursing
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2022

Course unit title Law for Caregivers
Course unit code 081611010801
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 2
Name of lecturer(s) Nathalie FEND

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content
  • Legal principles (laws, regulations) for the practise of the profession
  • Selected topics such as professional skills, professional obligations, professional qualifications and relevant professional rights
  • Relevant provisions linked to diagnosis and treatment and to medicinal products
  • Custodial measures and the Hospitalisation Act,
  • Residential Homes Act,
  • Patients and Human Rights (Istanbul Protocol), Adult Protection Act, UN Disability Rights Convention, Convention on the Rights of the Child and others and their significance for care
  • Relevant aspects of medical law, employment law, social (insurance) law, paramedic law, criminal law, data protection and liability in the event of damage to health, taking into account responsibility for implementation, negligence on admission and delegation of care
  • Care report
  • Case studies

Learning outcomes


  • will be able to describe the various relevant legal areas and
  • recognise the importance of legal regulations for their professional actions and based on various areas of action and
  • develop an awareness of legally relevant situations in everyday professional life
  • will know and take into account relevant data protection and professional confidentiality provisions when practising their profession
  • will be able to clarify the relevance of human and patient rights in their field of work, communicate this to lay people and work to ensure compliance

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination



Recommended or required reading
  • Schwamberger, Helmut (2008): Bundesgesetz über Gesundheits- und Krankenpflegeberufe. 5. Auflage. Wien: Österreich. 
  • Sladecek, Einar; Marzi, Leopold-Michael; Schmiedbauer Thomas (2014): Recht für Gesundheitsberufe. 7. Auflage. Wien: LexisNexis-Verlag.
  • Relevant legal texts

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face course