SURVEILLANCE AND PRIVACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

LAW5SPD

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Privacy and surveillance regulation features prominently in contemporary public debate in Australia. This subject explores key legal and policy issues arising in various dimensions of privacy including invasion of personal privacy, data protection and retention, and surveillance. This course will explore how the current legal frameworks address surveillance in the digital world and how laws and policies should regulate threats to privacy posed by the use of technology. It will introduce students to comparative perspectives relating to the protection of privacy against intrusions and unauthorised disclosures, and relating to data privacy. Case studies will be drawn from Australia, the UK, the European Union and the US. It will call for students to engage with a range of relevant perspectives, views and interests. Understanding of key issues is deepened by examining theoretical, constitutional, ethical and international contexts. The subject also exposes students to a myriad of ethical dilemmas associated with privacy and surveillance, and enhances their capacity to develop strategies to address such issues.

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 Master of Cyber Security (Law) (SMCYL) 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
ReadingsSurveillance and Privacy in the Digital AgePrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate a high-level capacity to understand and critically evaluate key concepts relating to surveillance and privacy in the digital age

Activities:
Lectures, concept presentations and tutorials emphasizing the meaning of legal terminology. Students are required to use new language in discussion and written settings. Essay assessment requiring identification and analysis of key concepts requiring reading and analysis of primary and secondary legal materials. Examination questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Explain and critique case-based and statutory principles relating to surveillance and privacy in the digital age

Activities:
Frameworks for doctrines explained and illustrated in lectures, individual student reading of cases and texts provided in the Course Materials and in-class discussions to clarify and evaluate applications. Case readings, recorded strategic case presentations. Problem-solving assessment conducted in the examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Demonstrate a developed capacity to integrate case-based and statutory principles to arrive at a solution to a problem raised in a given fact situation

Activities:
Argument development and evaluation modelled through case-study examples in lectures and concept presentations. Individual student reading of cases and textbooks and in- class discussions to clarify and evaluate applications. Examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Compose a written legal opinion as it applies to a problem in Cyber Terrorism and International Warfare.

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 (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Write effectively using the principles of plain legal English

Activities:
Tutorial discussion and concept presentations emphasising the necessity for clarity; modelling of written case studies, assessment tasks requiring written communication to a range of audiences. Assessed in the annotated bibliography exercise and the examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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