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Postgraduate Course: Selected Issues in Communications Law (LAWS11450)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course covers the regulation of communications networks and services, and aims to discuss the most relevant provisions that govern the sector against the background of the different rationales and policy concerns that are relevant to the sector. The focus of the course is mainly European, although comparative and international perspectives will be explored as well.

The course explores a range of legal and policy questions, including price control, social and universal service obligation, separation and new entry, technological neutrality (e.g. between wired and wireless), and consumer protection. The interaction between communications law and other forms of regulation (e.g. competition, media, trade) is explored, as are perspectives on the communications industries from other disciplines, particularly the relationship between law and innovation.
Course description The course will be delivered in five seminars which may cover the following:

1) The global governance of communication networks and its challenges;
2) Liberalisation, competition and industry efficiency;
3) Access and Interconnection;
4) Universal service and users' rights;
5) Spectrum management and the digital dividend.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how digital technologies are affecting professional practices in the journalism industry, and what challenges they are posing to the ability of news media to deliver their societal function effectively.
  2. Investigate the ongoing relevance of existing legal principles, the emergence of new ethical and regulatory frameworks.
  3. Express autonomous views on a range of current and emerging issues where definite answers do not yet exist.
Reading List
Please contact the course organiser for further information on an indicative bibliography.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Skills and Abilities in Research and Enquiry
The students will have developed the ability to investigate the ongoing relevance of existing legal principles, the emergence of new ethical and regulatory frameworks.

Skills and Abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Students will have been encouraged to developed autonomous views on a range of current and emerging issues where definite answers do not yet exist.

Skills and Abilities in Communication
As the course has both a written and an oral (participation) component, students will have the opportunity to practice both forms of communication.

Skills and Abilities in Personal Effectiveness
By being asked to discuss and elaborate on the merits of laws and ethical frameworks, both orally and in writing, students will have developed analytical abilities as well as the ability to articulate legal reasoning.

Technical/practical skills
The students will have developed familiarity with regulatory approaches and ethical frameworks for journalistic professions, including a comparative perspective.
KeywordsLevel 11,Law,Postgraduate,Communications Law
Course organiserDr Paolo Cavaliere
Tel: (0131 6)51 5137
Course secretaryMiss Bethan Walters
Tel: (0131 6)50 2386
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