2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
LAW5334M Cyberlaw: Regulation of Cyberspace
15 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Dr Subhajit Basu
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Module replacesLAW5333M Cyberlaw: Law and the Regulation of the Information Society
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe internet and networked technologies have changed the nature of our world as we experience it. So much so, that we are becoming an 'information society' in which the creation, manipulation distribution and exchange of information in its various forms has become a significant social, economic, political, cultural and legal activity. This module aims to address all policy and regulatory issues raised by the internet and technology applications enabled by the internet. The borderless nature of the internet and the possibility to transmit information quickly on a global basis has raised difficult questions of state jurisdiction and regulation which this module will explore in depth.
ObjectivesThe aim of this module is to introduce students to the legal challenges that arise from the population of cyberspace. Upon completion of the course it is anticipated that students should be able to:
- understand the concept of technology, and its application in modern life in the shape of the Information Society;
- understand the necessity for law to adopt new strategies and perspectives in order to approach the legal implications of developments in cyberspace;
- appreciate the impact on regulation of the development of the information revolution and cyberspace and the role of the traditional concepts of public and private law, national and international law and state law and self-regulation;
- demonstrate an ability to evaluate and rank unfamiliar arguments in the light of established statute law, judicial decisions and authoritative legal commentary;
- encourage critical study of the law in context, and to develop analytical skills.
On completion of this module the students will be expected to have a thorough understanding of the legal and policy issues which are intimately connected with the regulation of information society.
- Draw on skills developed in the retrieval, collation, and presentation of information (communication)
- Draw on analytical skills developed in the comparative understanding of concepts (problem solving)
- Critically read and comparatively evaluate literature (learning to learn)
Cyberlaw is found at the cutting edge of the law, where the ability of the law to achieve its goals is challenged. Thus, the “law” in Cyberlaw tends to take not only the law that applies to the Internet but also the broader range of regulatory responses and strategies of governance that subsequently arise. It is as much about the “law in action” as the “law in books”. The module will provide students with an in-depth look at some of the existing and emerging legal issues in Cyberspace. It will begin by considering the debate about the nature of the influence of information technology on the development of “new” legal doctrine through topics such as (but not limited to) – privacy, data protection, freedom of expression, surveillance, disinformation, cybercrime, cyber harassment, cyber pornography, cyberwar. Students will have an opportunity to consider how the current issues challenge Cyberspace Law and analyse its responses and proposed responses.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||131.50|
|Total Contact hours||18.50|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThe module will be assessed through 1 x 4,000 word essay.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x 4,000 words||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 21/09/2022
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