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Undergraduate Course: Law in the Digital Economy (LAWS10159)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe purpose of this course is to explore a number of legal issues (and associated cultural and social issues) which are related to the ┐digital economy┐. The first half of the course considers the coherence of the regulatory system (particularly questions of scope and jurisdiction), while the second half explores the substantive law of ┐electronic commerce┐ in more detail (e.g. tax and consumer issues, electronic contracts and signatures, fraud).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08094) OR Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08127)) AND ( Commercial Law Ordinary (LAWS08095) OR Commercial Law (Ordinary) (LAWS08131))
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  25
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. 1. Knowledge and Sources of Law:
a) A deeper knowledge of debates on the regulation of the digital economy, including where control is exercised and the role of different institutions (including intergovernmental and international organisations)
b) An advanced understanding of the role of domestic private law and conflicts of laws in the information and communication industries and in relation to online transactions more generally
c) An appreciation of the differences between technology-specific forms of regulation and laws of general application

2. 2. Subject-specific Skills:
a) Understanding of law in a transnational context, including the interaction between different legal orders and associated questions of enforcement
b) Analysis of cases and statutes, including in areas where knowledge of the substantive area of law may be low, requiring an appreciation of both the existing principles and the impact (or non-impact) of technological innovation on those principles
c) Drafting of statutes

3. 3. General Transferable Intellectual Skills:
a. Use of electronic resources
b. High level of attention to detail, including the use of appropriate language
c. Understanding perspectives on the topics of the course that are offered by scholars in disciplines other than law

4. 4. Key Personal Skills:
a. Clear written communication, including explanation of both legal and technical terms
b. Understanding the social and economic position of different individuals and groups

5. 5. Subject-specific Legal and Ethical Values:
a. Inequality of bargaining power and how it should be addressed and by whom
b. The vindication of fundamental rights in a context of technological change and rapid economic development
Assessment Information
In-class assessment 25%. This assessment will require a student to draft a proposal for statutory change (i.e. repealing, amending or adding language to an existing statute) and to justify the proposal in a memorandum / impact assessment.
Take-home essay 75%.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Indicative teaching programme

Introduction
Jurisdiction
Global governance
Convergence
Net neutrality
Ecommerce 1 (contracts & signatures)
Ecommerce 2 (consumers, advertising, taxation)
Cybercrime & fraud
Dispute resolution (focus on ODR)
Emerging issues (e.g. games and virtual worlds)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Daithi Mac Sithigh
Tel: (0131 6)50 9510
Email: Daithi.Mac.Sithigh@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
Email: Krystal.Hanley@ed.ac.uk
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