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Postgraduate Course: Electronic Commerce Law (LAWS11313)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course aims to provide the student with an in-depth look at the legal issues surrounding electronic commerce, including business-to-consumer (B2C), business-to-business (B2B), and consumer to consumer (C2C) forms. It will review (a) traditional legal issues surrounding business in an electronic format, particularly the formal validity of electronic transactions, security and authentication, contract formation and electronic payment systems; (b) online consumer protection issues, the impact of online advertising and marketing and online fraud; (c), challenges and strategies relating to disputes, such as online dispute resolution and jurisdiction, including the role of the WTO; and (d) selected contemporary legal topics such as virtual worlds.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the distance learning team at
Additional Costs Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPlease contact the distance learning team at
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information This course is taught by distance learning.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Students should be familiar with basic principles, concepts and perspectives in respect of e-commerce.
2. Students should have formed critical views on the law of e-commerce and its development, including the case for or against a greater degree of international harmonisation.
3. Students should have evaluated and critically assessed the impact of the principles considered on individuals and businesses, from academic, practical and technological perspectives.
4. Students should have formed a critical view on the possible divergence and convergence of e-commerce with other areas of business.
5. Students should be able to express and defend these views in oral discussion and in writing.

Assessment Information
One essay of up to 4,000 words (60%); one individual assignment (20%); contribution to weekly online discussions throughout the semester (20%). Requirements for all module assessment will be outlined to students within the individual modules at the start of each semester.
Special Arrangements
This course is taught by distance learning.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Introduction to electronic commerce:-
a) E-commerce as a sector
b) Approaching IT law (especially if students have not taken IT courses before)
c) Key sources, e.g. Electronic Commerce Directive

2. Jurisdiction:-
a) US Internet jurisdiction cases
b) Technology and the Brussels Regulation
c) Current debates e.g. libel reform

3. Contracts:-
a) UNCITRAL and EU perspectives on electronic contracts
b) Formation
c) Incorporation (clickwrap etc)

4. Signatures:-
a) Writing requirements
b) Directive on Signatures
c) Encryption and authentication

5. Consumers:-
a) Consumer Rights Directive (distance selling etc)
b) Goods, services ¿ and digital content?
c) Marketing and advertising

6. Finance:-
a) E-money, e-payments, m-payments
b) Taxation
c) Online gambling

7. Fraud and security:-
a) Definitions
b) The promotion of ¿trust¿
c) Criminal law

8. Emerging platforms:-
a) Virtual worlds
b) Mobile and smartphone

9. Online dispute resolution
10. Proposed international instruments
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Daithi Mac Sithigh
Tel: (0131 6)50 9510
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 4411
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