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Module Catalogue

SCQF Level: 10  

Module Code: LAW427

Credit Value: 20  

Year: 2017/8

Term: Term 2

School: Dundee Business School


Information Law and Information Security considers the actual and potential issues posed by the digital age for law and legal systems.


To critically assess and analyse the impact and efficacy of current and prospective legal instruments designed to regulate the use and misuse of a variety of IT applications in the context of privacy, data protection, freedom of information,defamation and criminal activity.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.   critically assess and evaluate contemporary legal issues and identify lacunas in the law in the context of parties' rights and duties and remedies

2.  anticipate and critically assess the drivers of change in the legal regulation of information law in the UK, EU and internationally

3.  critically appraise and contrast UK, EU and international statutory and non-statutory bodies charged with regulating the use of IT applications and their respective roles.

4.  demonstrate enhanced skills of oral and written analysis and communication in constrained circumstances.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction

The technological context. Convergence in media. The implications of globalisation and IT in the context of privacy, surveillance, freedom of expression and crime.

2 Substantive Issues

Role of international bodies. Role of the EU. Data protection in the digital age. Freedom of information in the digital age. Comparative approaches to data protection/freedom of information. Computer misuse/crime. Enforcing personality rights in cyberspace.

3 Common Regulatory Issues

Regulating jurisdiction. Domain names and cybersquatting. Dispute resolution. Data surveillance by government and organs of the state and remedies. Data surveillance by private and business entities and remedies. ADR.

4 Enforcement

The role of the UK and Scottish Information Commissioners. The Information and Security Tribunals. Consideration of tribunal decisions.

5 General Issues

The sui generis approach to information law. Problems/issues associated with international/supranational/domestic regulation. Anticipating future challenges for information law/IT.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students engage in a seminar format, requiring the preparation of material from a leading list supplied by the tutor to be discussed and critiqued during class contact time. This is student led with the tutor offering support and focussing direction. High level critical analysis and synthesis of ideas from disparate areas, is required building on up to date legal academic commentary and case law, which the students have to research, acknowledging multiple perspectives, and engaging with contested knowledge. The module is assessed by a portfolio including 'inline' presentations made by students during seminars. Students will submit slides for formative feedback ahead of their presentations. In week 25 formative feedback will be given on structural and content issues in relation to the first written portfolio item.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 28
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 132


Guidance notes:

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.

Disclaimer: We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.