LAWS5296 Technology Law and Governance

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit will explore global developments in the law and governance of technology, focusing particularly on digital technologies. This leads to encounters with privacy, intellectual property, internet governance, competition, consumer protection, and the law and politics of data, automation, and artificial intelligence. Of particular interest is the question of when the law does and—perhaps more interestingly, given the political economy of technology—when the law does not intervene. Equipped with tools from within and beyond law, students will critically engage with the political, social and legal challenges of technological change, with an emphasising on moving beyond problem-definition to exploring and identifying solutions.
Students are able to (1) explain to both legal and non-legal audiences the primary areas of law that interact with and apply to technology.; (2) describe the technology policy landscape in key jurisdictions locally and internationally; (3) evaluate the affordances, dependencies, and deficiencies of digital technologies; (4) critically analyse the law and governance landscape pertaining to digital technologies; (5) assess different legal and non-legal responses to technological change; (6) develop informed analysis on current law and governance debates around digital technologies; and (7) develop convincing arguments for law and governance reform.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) essay; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Julia Powles
Unit rules
For JD Students LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
Contact hours
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