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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

COMM3715 Internet Policy

20 creditsClass Size: 49

Module manager: Heather Ford
Email: h.ford@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Module replaces

COMM3750 New Media and the Communications Industries

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

This module is designed to examine Internet policy and the changing regulatory, legal, and ethical frameworks surrounding new media production, distribution, and consumption.

Over the course of the semester, you will cover a number of key contemporary policy issues and debates, including digital inclusion, accessibility, content regulation, privacy, security, copyright and digital piracy, free and open-source production, and network neutrality. The aim is to introduce the key policy developments and debates in these areas while also providing you with the critical tools with which to analyze and normatively evaluate them.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Describe key aspects of the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks relevant to new media.
2. Demonstrate understanding of key concepts and principles in internet policy and regulation.
3. Apply key concepts and principles in the analysis of current debates and issues relevant to new media policy.
4. Synthesise complex ideas in the form of an essay


Syllabus

This module examines the changing legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks surrounding new media production, distribution, and consumption. It critically analyzes how industries and public authorities are responding to the policy issues and regulatory challenges new media presents and how they are seeking to influence its future direction and shape.

The module covers a number of key contemporary policy issues and debates, including digital inclusion, accessibility, content regulation, privacy, security, copyright and digital piracy, free and open-source production, and network neutrality.

The aim is to familiarize students with policy developments and debates in these areas while also providing them with the critical tools with which to analyze and normatively evaluate them.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Seminar111.0011.00
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for weekly lectures and seminars and for module assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored by participation in seminars.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 - 2,500 words40.00
Essay3,000 - 3,500 words60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/11/2015

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