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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

The global information infrastructure continues to have a dramatic impact on our social, economic and political institutions. This course considers the legal and policy issues posed by computer technology, the Internet and network economics.

Unit content

Topic 1: Information society & the governance of Cyberspace
Topic 2: Jurisdiction and dispute settlement
Topic 3: Trademarks and Domain Names
Topic 4: Digital copyright: The digital distribution of music
Topic 5: Patent protection for software and internet business methods
Topic 6: Internet content regulation
Topic 7: The right to privacy
Topic 8: Cybercrime
Topic 9: E-Commerce Issues and the Creative Commons

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 evaluate existing and proposed models for Internet governance Knowledge of a discipline
2 describe law and policy regulating the Internet Knowledge of a discipline
3 critically analyse existing and proposed laws regulating the Internet Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 undertake research, writing and advocacy skills in Cyberlaw. Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. evaluate existing and proposed models for Internet governance
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. describe law and policy regulating the Internet
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. critically analyse existing and proposed laws regulating the Internet
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. undertake research, writing and advocacy skills in Cyberlaw.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Fitzgerald, B & Fitzgerald, A, 2011, Internet Law and e-commerce Law, Business and Policy, Lawbook Co, AUSTRALIA. ISBN: eBook code 41337303.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.