• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Brett Walker
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2019
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Over the last 20 years, the use of digital technologies by individuals, business and governments has become universal. Data-mining methods, search engines and data analytics have revolutionised the processing, recognition, communication, acquisition and aggregation of knowledge and information. Mobile technologies and devices have become increasingly affordable to all social and economic strata of society. Social media has transformed interpersonal communications. Media convergence has made today’s media a different phenomenon from even its 1990 counterparts.
 
This course will focus on the legal issues that arise in a wide range of digital media applications and will have a strong emphasis on providing students with a practical framework for analysis of the legal issues that arise through the use of digital technologies by governments, business and individuals. Specific topics covered will include:
 
• The rights and obligations of employers and employees in the digital world;
• The right to privacy - the protection of privacy in the digital world;
• Freedom of speech and defamation in the social media world;
• The marketing of goods and services via the internet – Competition and Consumer Law issues;
• The ownership and use of digital content – specific copyright issues; and
• Litigation Procedure and Criminal Law issues.
 
While the course will primarily focus on the operation of Australian law, due to the borderless nature of the internet and the constantly evolving nature of the law in this area, US and EU legislation and case law will also be considered by way of comparative analysis and to highlight cross-jurisdictional regulatory issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate mastery of the principles of employment law, privacy law, defamation law, competition and consumer law and intellectual property law in so far as they relate to the use of digital media and communications;
  2. demonstrate specialised knowledge of recent developments in digital media and communications law and practice in so far as they apply to a range of personal, business and government transactions and situations in the modern world;
  3. demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge of digital media and communications law and practice to generate complex ideas and reflect critically on the theory and practice of digital media and communications law;
  4. investigate, critically reflect on and effectively communicate in plain English to inform diverse audiences of complex theoretical and practical ideas, concepts, strategies and courses of action concerning the application of digital media and communications law;
  5. demonstrate relative cognitive and creative skills to analyse and synthesise complex information and problems at a theoretical level to then develop, justify and apply solutions at a practical level, particularly to advise on transactions or interactions involving digital media and communications; and
  6. autonomously design, theorise, plan, execute and evaluate a substantial research-based project on a digital media and communications law topic. Topics, teaching, learning activities and assessment are designed to develop the student’s / participant’s cognitive, technical and practical skills and knowledge to be able to draft and review documents and advise on transactions and interactions. Students / participants will engage in simulated client scenarios for the purpose of advising on specific

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will comprise: (null) [LO null]
  2. (a) Discussion Posting. In Topic 1 discussion questions, cases for comment and issues will be posted by the Convenor. Students will be required to submit a discussion post of 800 words or equivalent. 10% (10) [LO null]
  3. (b) Advice to Client: At the conclusion of Topic 4 students will be required to build on the learnings from Topics 1 - 4 to analyse a hypothetical real world scenario, undertake the necessary research and provide a simulated written advice to a client of 1500 words or equivalent. 20% (20) [LO null]
  4. (c) Advice to Client: At the conclusion of Topic 6 students will be required to build on the learnings from Topics 1 - 6 to analyse a hypothetical real world scenario, undertake the necessary research and provide a simulated written advice to a client of 1500 words or equivalent. 20% (20) [LO null]
  5. (d) Research Project: At the conclusion of Topic 7 students will be required to apply their learnings from Topics 1 -7 and undertake a 4,000 word research project on a specific digital media and communications law topic. The Convenor will provide a number of optional research topics to enable students / participants to select a topic that is most closely aligned to their personal and/ or professional interest. 50% (50) [LO null]

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Workload

This is a 6 unit course, which is considered to have the equivalent full time student load (EFTSL) of 6/48 = 0.125.  The number of hours allocated to an EFTSL of 0.125 is 10 — 12 hours per week.
All course materials will be available online.

The course requires continuous online participation throughout the course, as students must participate in discussion forums and other activities.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SEVNL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

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Assumed Knowledge

It will be assumed that students or participants (CPD and audit) have some knowledge of, or experience in contract law, intellectual property law or related study or experience.

Those who do not will be provided with links on the Wattle site to information and be expected to manage their own learning to attain basic background knowledge.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5600 18 Mar 2019 29 Mar 2019 05 Apr 2019 07 Jun 2019 Online View

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