INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAW

LAW5ITG

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The rapid growth of the technology sector has challenged the way we think of about property, crime, media and the social contract between government and the people.  This subject explores the application of non-technology related laws to issues in the Information Technology domain, as well as legal provisions focused on conduct involving technology. The first part of this subject explores the individual theoretical and legal frameworks of the laws considered. Knowledge of the framework is then tested by an examination of case studies, which may vary from year to year, for example advising a client who is a victim of online crime, preparing part of a submission for law reform related to technology specific laws, or advising a client on the protection of digital property. Throughout the study period the value of special laws for information technology, compared to general laws which also apply to technology, are considered; areas requiring law reform are identified; and strategies to reach legal solutions to problems in the technology space are considered.


SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPatrick Keyzer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in a PG degree offered by the School of Law or permission of the Course Co-ordinator or delegate.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInformation Technology LawPrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate a high-level capacity to integrate the language of Information Technology Law in legal analysis.

Activities:
Presentations and seminars emphasizing the meaning of legal terminology and key concepts in information technology. Students are required to use new language in discussion and written settings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Explain and critique case-based and statutory principles relating to Information Technology Law.

Activities:
Frameworks for doctrines explained and illustrated in presentations, individual student reading of cases and texts provided in the Course Materials and in-class discussions to clarify and evaluate applications. Assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Critically analyse the social, economic and ethical issues arising at the interface of law and information technology.

Activities:
Presentations, discussing in classes, student reading of written materials, student analysis of case studies, assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Compose a written legal opinion as it applies to a problem in information technology law.

Activities:
Modelled through analysis of written cases, discussion in class and student responses in the examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Write effectively using the principles of plain legal English

Activities:
Class discussion and presentations emphasising the necessity for clarity; modelling of written case studies, assessment tasks requiring written communication to a range of audiences.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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