- Code REGN8049
- Unit Value 3 units
- Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject RegNet
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Law, Policy Studies, Sociology
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Kate Henne
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Winter Session 2023
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Technological innovation has transformed everyday life and disrupted established industries. Artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, machine learning, industry 4.0, the Internet of Things and synthetic biology are not simply buzzwords: they impact agriculture, communications, energy, healthcare, hospitality, infrastructure, social welfare and transportation. While disruptive technologies may contribute to positive social change, they can pose risks and dangers if unchecked. This course cultivates the critical skills necessary for assessing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of emerging technologies and introduces frameworks for developing regulatory responses that can be tailored for particular contexts. It combines theory with practice through collaborative learning techniques, hands-on assessments and case studies from Australia, Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific. Designed to accommodate students from different backgrounds and career stages, the course is suitable for recent graduates with an interest in technology and society as well as professionals working in government, the private sector and nongovernment organisations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically evaluate how different actors, including companies and governments, have managed disruptive social change linked to emerging technologies
- Assess current and possible developments in technology with appropriate regulatory strategies
- Demonstrate an understanding of concepts that explain disruptive technologies and relevant approaches to regulation
- Conduct independent research on regulatory challenges and approaches to appraise the governance of disruptive technologies within a particular domain
- Regulatory Model Assessment (max 1,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2]
- Peer Review of Assessment (Oral and written feedback) (10) [LO 2,3]
- Written Report (e.g. policy brief, White Paper, academic blog) (max 2,000 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Approximately 60 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.
Actual time required may vary with individual students.
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Vallee, M. (2020). Doing nothing does something: Embodiment and data in the COVID-19 pandemic. Big Data & Society, 7(1)
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