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Postgraduate Course: The legal challenges of information technologies (LAWS11137)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis module aims to deliver a challenging perspective on the wide range of legal questions posed by information technologies as they continue to develop; and to provide students with a fresh perspective on law and technologies and an appreciation of the extent to which legal questions must be viewed broadly.

The module will explore different approaches to regulation, providing a platform for analysis of the wide-ranging legal fields which are relevant. The module will then consider the ongoing relevance of intellectual property to new technologies: peer generated content and downloading are taken as examples, and we will then explore the extent to which intellectual property might be sidelined by DRM and anti-circumvention technologies. The historical and present position in respect of domain names will be considered, together with the relationship between domain names and internet governance. Potential for civil and criminal liability - from users to creators to service providers - will be then considered, for example in respect of defamation, pornography and terrorism, together with the extent to which these issues can properly be considered by decision makers in different jurisdictions, both real and virtual. Finally, the module will consider the impact on evolving information technologies of competition law and different forms of standardisation (with particular reference to, at present, Microsoft, Apple and Google), and of human rights (with particular reference to the digital divide).
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
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, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 90% essay (5000 words)
10% electronic assessment called "PeerWise"

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Learning Outcomes
This course will

-explore the wide and disparate range of legal principles relevant to information technologies;
-investigate the extent to which existing theories of and approaches to regulation of information technologies are effective; and
-assess the ongoing role of law in this field, in conjunction with the greater use of technological means control

By the end of this course students should be able to:

-form a view on the legal principles and perspectives which are relevant to information technologies;
-evaluate the extent to which legal and political development takes these principles into account;
-identify future areas for legal development; and
-critically assess the arguments of different interest groups in respect of the role of law in information technologies
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Course organiserMs Judith Rauhofer
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010
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