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Postgraduate Course: Electronic Commerce Law (LAWS11313)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis module aims to provide 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 - and digital applications to support the sharing economy, creative processes and the public sector.

Throughout the course we will review (a) traditional legal issues surrounding business in an electronic format and the challenges of the advent of digital technologies, concerning particularly the identification of jurisdiction, the formal validity of electronic transactions, security and authentication, contract formation and electronic payment systems, and online consumer protection issues; (b) digital convergence and content regulation, the impact of online advertising, search engine functionalities and marketing; (c) the legal discipline of technological applications in the contexts of the public sector, smart cities and open democracy; and policies to support and enable digital tools to the advantage of creative industries and economic growth.
Course description Session 1: Introduction to electronic commerce
Session 2: Jurisdiction
Session 3: Contracts and signatures
Session 4: Consumer protection
Session 5: Finance, payments and virtual currencies
Session 6: Content and advertising
Session 7: Search engines
Session 8: E-commerce for the public sector and digital public service delivery
Session 9: The sharing economy, innovation and the creative industries
Session 10: ICT for development
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.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with basic principles, concepts and perspectives in respect of e- commerce.
  2. Articulate critical views on the law of e-commerce and its development, including the case for or against a greater degree of international harmonisation.
  3. Evaluate and critically assess the impact of the principles considered on individuals and businesses, from academic, practical and technological perspectives.
  4. Articulate a critical view on the possible divergence and convergence of e- commerce with other areas of business.
  5. Express and defend these views in oral discussion and in writing.
Reading List
A list of key module readings will be available in advance of the module. Detailed reading lists are then available each week.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their skills and abilities in:

1. Research and enquiry, through e.g. selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;
2. Personal and intellectual autonomy, e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;
3. Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form;
4. Personal effectiveness, e.g. working constructively as a member of an online community;
5. Students will also develop their technical/practical skills, throughout the module, e.g. in articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of another¿s arguments.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by distance learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by distance learning.
KeywordsInternet,digital technologies,business,consumers,innovation,economy
Course organiserDr Paolo Cavaliere
Tel: (0131 6)51 5137
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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