• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, Social Research, Information Technology, Biotechnology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr John Noel Viana
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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Technological change is a central feature of societies. The pervasiveness of digital technologies in everyday life poses ongoing challenges for regulation and governance. How should the generation and use of private data be managed? What approaches can policymakers and regulators use to assess the risks and uncertainties of new technologies? What can be done to ensure technology reduces inequities and improves livelihoods?


This course provides interdisciplinary concepts for understanding how technosocial systems are changing and for analysing how broader national, regional and international developments are shaped by law, policy, political economy, regulation and security. Class sessions focus on empirical examples so that students can apply different conceptual tools and propose creative solutions to real-world problems. Case studies cover current and anticipated concerns, including automation, consumer protection, changing professional standards, data governance and digital transformation, as they relate to important issues of climate change, criminal justice, democratic stability, food systems, internet governance, public health and security. Specific issues addressed include developments in algorithmic regulation, digital identity, fintech, predictive analytics and RegTech. 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recall and apply theories of regulation and governance as they related to contemporary issues in technology governance.
  2. Explain key developments and challenges related to technology governance across a range of domains.
  3. Describe the advantages and limits of different regulatory and governance instruments and concepts as they relate to technological change and innovation.
  4. Interpret and communicate new insights related to scholarly and regulatory debates about technological governance.
  5. Identify future directions for technology governance in domestic, global and transnational contexts.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In class participation (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Actor network map of a domain of technology governance (10) [LO 2,3]
  3. Development and delivery of an in-class activity about a debate in technology governance, including a 1000-word précis of relevant reading(s) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Technology governance futures essay proposal and outline (750 words) (nested 1) (15) [LO 4,5]
  5. Technology governance futures essay (2500 words) (nested 2) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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This course requires 30 contact hours and 130 hours workload in total

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts are not required.

Preliminary Reading

Brownsword R, Scotford E & Yeung K (eds) (2017) The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology. Oxford University Press.

Haggart B, Tusikov N & Scholte, JA (eds) (2021). Power and Authority in Internet Governance: Return of the State? Routledge.

Kukutai T & Taylor J (eds) (2016) Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Toward an Agenda. ANU Press.

Bernstein S & Cashore B (2007) Can non-state global governance be legitimate? An analytical framework. Regulation & Governance 1(4): 347-371.

Selections from:

Costanza-Chock S (2020) Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need. MIT Press.

Lindtner SM (2020) Prototype Nation: China and the Contested Promise of Innovation. Princeton University Press.

Pasquale F (2020) New Laws of Robotics: Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI. Harvard University Press.

Irani L (2019) Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India. Princeton University Press.

Schatzberg E (2018) Technology: Critical History of a Concept. University of Chicago Press.

Sunder Rajan K (2017) Pharmocracy: Value, Politics and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine. Duke University Press.

Peters B (2016) How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet. MIT Press.

Medina E (2011) Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile. MIT Press.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
3762 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
3902 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

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