- Code LAWS8243
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Law
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
We are living in the Information Age! Governments and the private sector collect and hold vast amounts of information and we each disclose information about ourselves on an almost daily basis.
Do we, as individuals, have any control over information that relates to us? In the interests of openness and accountability, do we have access to government held information? On what grounds can information be shared, released, withheld and stored?
The aim of this course is to explore the way in which information is regulated in Australia by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).
Contemporary issues regarding information management will be explored against the Australian regulatory framework.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
At the conclusion of this course students should be able to:
- demonstrate a working knowledge of the FOI and Privacy Acts
- understand the procedure for making a FOI request, the FOI decision making process and to make arguments for and against the application of exemptions
- understand the privacy framework applicable to everyday transactions that we, as private citizens, make
- comment on, and critically discuss, the future directions of FOI and privacy law in Australia
- critically discuss whether Australia’s regulatory module is equipped to respond to contemporary issues in information management, data protection and privacy
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There will be two pieces of assessment - one with a FOI theme and the other with a privacy theme. The assessments will have equal weighting.
Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the course homepage on the ANU Law website, prior to the commencement of the course.
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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery)
Requisite and Incompatibility
Nil. Students are strongly encouraged to read the FOI and Privacy Acts prior to class and to have an up-to-date consolidation of the Acts accessible during class time.
The preliminary reading required for this course will be available from the course home page at least one week prior to the commencement of the course.
A reading guide will be available on the Course home page.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- 6 units
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