Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subjects will provide students with a broad practical knowledge of the regulatory and legal framework on data protection in Australia. Students will analyse federal and state laws, policies and principles regulating the governmental and commercial use of personal data and confidential material in the digital age. Topics may include case studies on surveillance and metadata, corporate data mining and social networking, the right to privacy and Government use of personal data at state and federal level.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDarren O'Donovan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted to a Post Graduate program offered by the Law School or have permission from the Director of Juris Doctor


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSelected articles, book chapters, case law and statutes will be accessed on-line and in hardcopy. A detailed reading list will be provided in the unit material.PrescribedN/AN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced comprehension of international issues in the regulatory and legal framework of privacy

Online Group Exercises Research Assignment

02. Demonstrate highly developed skills in identifying, using and appraising research material relevant to the operation and reform of privacy law in Australia, US, Canada, UK and/or Europe

Online Group Exercises Research Assignment

03. Critically evaluate the legal, regulatory, ethical and economic implications of privacy law in Australia, US, Canada, UK and/or Europe

Online Group Exercises Research Assignment

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2018, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarren O'Donovan

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class Preparation Exercises20 01, 02, 03
Part A 2,250 Problem Scenario30 01, 02, 03
Part B 4,000 Research Assignment50 01, 02, 03