Postgraduate Course: Law of E-Commerce (LAWS11136)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||* one 1500 word written exercise (20%) to be submitted half-way through the course,
* one 4000 word essay (70%) to be submitted after the end of the course and
* participation (10%) in the classroom discussions.
|No Exam Information
| By the end of the semester, the student will be able to:
- understand the definitions and topics that are understood to cover electronic commerce,
- assess the regulatory solutions applied to electronic commercial transactions,
- be able to understand the different legal regimes that apply to the various types of electronic commerce, namely business-to-business, business-to-consumer, and consumer-to-consumer.
- analyse the problems with conducting business in a global marketplace, specially in topics such as contract formation, jurisdiction, payment methods, and liability,
- assess the regulatory solutions applied to electronic commercial transactions.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Lachlan Urquhart
|Course secretary||Mr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010