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LAWS17-556: Information Technology and the Law


Information Technology and the Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law in which undergraduate students may be permitted to enrol. This subject explores ways in which the law has adapted, or is likely to adapt, to developments in information technology. The issues discussed vary from year to year, depending on what is topical at the time. Examples of issues studied include the development and regulation of the Internet; globalisation and cross-border jurisdiction; freedom of information and data privacy; liability of Internet Service Providers and the protection of computer technology through intellectual property rights. The approach is international and comparative where appropriate. Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of topical legal issues relating to the Internet and information technology through their ability to critically analyse and resolve relevant problems both orally and in writing.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2020 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340

Learning outcomes

1. Describe topical legal issues in the field of information and communications technology.
2. Understand, summarise and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different views on each legal issue.
3. Listen to others express their ideas, refining their own ideas and communicating their ideas both orally and in writing.
4. Apply their knowledge and skills in analysing new situations and defending their arguments.

Enrolment requirements

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Must have completed a minimum 120 Credit Points of LAWS subjects AND have a minimum average of 65% in LAWS subjects. Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Study Abroad OR Exchange Law Student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start21/09/2020
Cancellation 1?01/10/2020
Cancellation 2?03/10/2020
Last enrolment29/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?22/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020