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Unit information: Information Technology Law in 2016/17

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Unit name Information Technology Law
Unit code LAWDM0070
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Charlesworth
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This unit will examine the law and policy issues relating to a number of key aspects of the information society. It will begin by considering the debate about the nature of the influence of information technology upon the development of new legal doctrine, moving on to consider - through topics such as data protection and freedom of information, computer misuse and computer evidence, copyright and digital rights management, criminal content liability and defamation, and e-commerce - both how the law has responded to the challenges of information technologies and the extent to which legal issues have shaped the development of information society policy.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a successful student will be able to explain:

  • current law in key areas relating to information technologies and information
  • the underlying regulatory theories underpinning the practical regulation of new information technologies and uses of information
  • the impact and effectiveness of legal regulation upon techniological innovation and modes of information technology and information utilisation.

Students should be able to:

  • state the law accurately,
  • critically assess both theories and the law
  • discuss potential solutions to any problems with current law and policy, including the usefulness or otherwise of law reform.

This unit is also intended to improve skills relating to research – in particular, the ability to research legal issues and areas of law.

Teaching details

The contact hours for this unit will be 30 hours. This will usually take the form of: 8 lectures, 10 two-hour seminars and 2 assessment preparation and feedback sessions.

Assessment Details

Summative: 2 x 3000 word essays (50% each) will assess the candidate's ability to research a topic within the scope of this unit. Both assessments will assess all of the Intended Learning Outcomes for this unit in the context of topics selected by the examiners.

Formative: students should do one formative assessment (this will usually be 1 x 1500 word essay).

Reading and References

  • Rowland, D., Kohl, U. & Charlesworth A. Information Technology Law, (4th ed.)
  • Routledge, 2011; Lloyd, I. Information Technology Law (6th ed.), OUP, 2011;
  • Murray, A. Information Technology Law (1st ed.) OUP, 2010.

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