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Undergraduate Course: Law, Information and Technology (LAWS10152)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course covers substantive legal issues associated with software, hardware, the information industries and the Internet. Particular topics of current interest will be selected for in depth analysis, drawn from areas such as technology and intellectual property rights, privacy rights in relation to electronic information, and Internet domain names. Different forms of regulation are explored, such as the role played by the design of systems, alongside discussion of international and transnational legal principles.
Course description Introduction to IT Law
IP protection for software
Copyright in cyberspace 1
Copyright in cyberspace 2: P2P, downloading and enforcement
Content liability
Trademarks, the internet and domain names
Online privacy
Privacy and social networks
Cloud computing
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08127) OR Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08094))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% examination, December diet, 3 hours
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3:00
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 different approaches to control and regulation, with specific reference to different theories regarding the regulation of the Internet
    b) An advanced understanding of the impact of intellectual property law in the information and communication industries
    c) An advanced understanding of the law of (online) privacy
  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
  3. 3. General Transferable Intellectual Skills:
    a. Critical thinking regarding issues of current controversy, including the careful analysis of claims made by corporations, governments and civil society organisations
    b. Evaluation of electronic resources, including those from non-peer-reviewed sources
  4. 4. Key Personal Skills:
    a. Clear written communication, including explanation of both legal and technical terms
    b. Problem-solving
    c. Engaged, respectful discussion in a group environment
  5. 5. Subject-specific Legal and Ethical Values:
    a. Appreciation of the purported social and ethical issues (threats and opportunities) associated with technological change, and how such features are related to legal matters.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information the first seminar will take place on Tuesday 19th September 2017, 2pm - 4pm in Room 7.01 David Hume Tower.
KeywordsLaw Info Tech
Course organiserMs Judith Rauhofer
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
Course secretaryMs Tracy Noden
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053
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