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  • Objectives
    Provide students with an advanced conceptual understanding of the methods, techniques and legal principles regarding law in the field of electronic communications which is informed by insight based on scholarship at the forefront of the discipline. Set the relevant law and policy in its business and global contexts. Develop critical, analytical and research skills, and transferable skills. Produce graduates capable of working in the field of electronic communications law as lawyers, regulators, legal advisers or researchers with governments and international and business organizations, and as academics. Produce graduates who can conduct independent research and construct coherent, well written papers.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications A good upper second class honours degree in Law or its equivalent, or an honours degree and substantial practical experience in a field related to the degree scheme. Where English is not the mother tongue, IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 230/570.
  • Academic Title
    LLM Information Technology, Media and E-Commerce
  • Course description

    Course Description
    The LLM in Information Technology, Media and E-Commerce identifies and addresses issues around the development of digital technology and the convergence of communications media which has raised legal problems about access to and use of telecommunications networks, the Internet and broadcast media.

    Modules and Options

    The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.

    Stage 1

        BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
        Compulsory: BROADCASTING, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND REGULATION
        Compulsory: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW IN THE ELECTRONIC ENVIRONMENT
        Core: DISSERTATION: LLM INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA AND E-COMMERCE
        CYBERCRIME
        DATA PROTECTION
        EC BROADCASTING LAW AND POLICY
        ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
        EQUALITY LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS AND HEALTH CARE
        EUROPEAN BROADCASTING LAW AND POLICY
        EUROPEAN COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT LAW
        EUROPEAN COMMUNITY EXTERNAL RELATIONS
        EUROPEAN COMPETITION LAW
        EUROPEAN CONVENTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS I
        EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
        EUROPEAN UNION LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS
        FREE MOVEMENT OF GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE INTERNAL MARKET
        FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, PRIVACY AND THE MEDIA
        HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS
        HEALTH CARE ETHICS
        HUMAN RIGHTS ACROSS NATIONS AND CULTURES
        HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT
        HUMAN RIGHTS FOR WOMEN
        HUMAN RIGHTS IN PHILOSOPHY AND LAW
        HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE NEW EUROPE
        INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COMPETITION LAW
        INTELLECTURAL PROPERTY AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES
        INTERNATIONAL CHILD LAW
        INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION 1
        INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION II
        INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW
        INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL AND MONETARY REGULATION
        INTERNATIONAL LAW OF CREDIT AND SECURITY
        INTERNATIONAL TAX LAW
        INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
        INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICTS
        ISSUES AT THE END OF LIFE
        ISSUES IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
        LAW AND CULTURAL PROPERTY
        LAW OF INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPING
        LEGAL ASPECTS OF ELECTRONIC COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS
        PHILOSOPHY, POLITICAL THEORY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
        PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA
        PROTECTION MINORITIES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
        PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW
        RESEARCH METHODS IN PUBLIC LAW
        TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND COMPETITION
        THE ECONOMICS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
        THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
        THE INTER-AMERICAN SYSTEM OF HUMAN RIGHTS
        THE PROTECTION OF REFUGEES AND DISPLACED PERSONS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
        THEORY AND PRACTICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS
        TOPICS IN THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT
        TRADING IN DIGITAL GOODS AND SERVICES

    Teaching and Assessment Methods
     
    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : The fundamental doctrines and principles of law as it relates to various aspects of electronic. communications.
        A2 : The political, economic and social framework in which the law of electronic communications operates, as well as the basic technical framework within which the communications industries operate.
        A3 : How law relating to electronic communications is applied in various judicial and practical situations.
        A4 : Some areas of the law relating to electronic communications in some depth.
        A5 : Specific areas of the law relating to electronic communications in depth.

        Teaching Methods
        A1 - A5 are acquired through large and smaller group interactive classes, which encourage dialogue between the students and teacher and between the students inter se, and through seminars which allow for dynamic interaction based on directed, pre-set reading. Additional guest lectures from specialists outside the department supplement the information provided to the students in relation to topical issues and practical aspects of the law in this area. Students are expected to undertake independent research for courses and, in particular, course essays and the dissertation. A5 is acquired in particular through the independent research for the dissertation, which is focussed on a particular topic.

        Assessment Methods
        Testing the knowledge-base for A1 - A4 is through course essays and the dissertation. A5 is assessed through the dissertation.

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : Identify accurately the issue(s) which require researching.
        B2 : Produce a synthesis of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to a topic in English and French law.
        B3 : Reason critically, identify, analyse, and solve complex problems, even in the absence of complete data.
        B4 : Recognise, rank and collate items and issues in terms of relevance and importance.
        B5 : Produce a comprehensive, coherent and sophisticated synthesis of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to a topic.
        B6 : Critically evaluate the merits of particular arguments and advanced scholarship in the field.
        B7 : Present and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or methodologies and, where necessary, propose new hypotheses.
        B8 : Demonstrate and exercise originality of thought in the application of knowledge.
        B9 : Identify, select and retrieve up-to-date legal information, using both paper and electronic sources.

        Teaching Methods
        Skills B1 - B9 are obtained and developed through seminars and larger group interactive classes where there is an emphasis on group discussion and analysis of case material and problems (hypothetical and actual) under the direction of the course tutor. All skills are complemented by independent research for course essays and the dissertation. In addition, learning is enhanced by formative assessment of Skills B1, B3 and B7 in seminars and large group interactive classes. B9 is encouraged via individual supervision of each student's dissertation.

        Assessment Methods
        Skills B1 - B8 will be acquired through course essays and the dissertation. Skill B9 will be assessed by the dissertation.

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Identify, select and retrieve up-to-date legal information, using both paper and electronic sources.
        C2 : Identify, select and retrieve non-legal information relevant to the law relating to electronic communications, using both paper and electronic sources.
        C3 : Use and apply legal terminology and legal concepts, not only in legal settings, but to applied problems, actual or hypothetical.
        C4 : Plan and undertake tasks in and beyond complex areas of law that have already been studied; and Plan and autonomously undertake independent research in areas of law not previously studied.

        Teaching Methods
        Skills C1 and C2 are developed through preparation for seminars and the large group interactive classes, as well as through research for the course essays and dissertation. Skills C3 and C4 are developed through seminars by way of the medium of problem solving and group discussion. Skill C4 is particularly developed through course essays and the dissertation. Skills C1 - C4 are formatively assessed in tutorials, large group interactive classes, and the Dissertation, which assessment reinforces their learning by students. Skill C4 is particularly developed through the dissertation. In addition to traditional research methods, students are expected to use the internet and legal databases when researching their assessed work in order to find primary and secondary sources, either in on-line or paper format.

        Assessment Methods
        Skills C1 - C4 are assessed through course essays and the dissertation.

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : (D1A) read and speak English proficiently so as to be able to understand and explain relevant primary and secondary legal materials
        D2 : A student should be able to: (D2A) Produce a word-processed essay and other text in an appropriate form. (D2B) use the worldwide web, e-mail, and also some electronic information retrieval systems.
        D3 : A student should be able to: (D3) Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, use, present and evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form.
        D4 : A student should be able to: (D4A) analyse a complex set of facts, where necessary in unpredictable situations, and apply relevant law thereto; (D4B) from first principles, devise from existing laws a means by which to extend protection in a sphere where there has been none previously e.g. as a result of technical developments.
        D6 : A student should be able: (D6A) with limited guidance, to reflect on his or her own learning, and to seek and make use of feedback; (D6B) to appreciate when s/he does not know enough and needs to undertake further research; (D6C) to continue to take his/her own knowledge and understanding further and to develop new skills to a sophisticated standard; (D6D) to exercise initiative and personal responsibility.

        Teaching Methods
        Skills D1 - D6 are acquired through seminars and case studies where students debate legal issues and problems, course essays and the dissertation. Students do work together in all courses, but it is not assessed, so it cannot be recorded as a skill acquired though this LLM. By focussing on research essays as the primary means of assessment, our graduates are trained to conduct independent research, and organise and collate this research into coherent papers, a skill which is then developed during the planning, researching and writing of the dissertation. In this way, they develop the legal analytical skills acquired in exam based LLB undergraduate courses. Increasingly information relating to the degree is disseminated via e-mail, thus encouraging students to use skills D2; legal databases are also more up-to-date than their paper equivalents, which again encourages students to use the technology.

        Assessment Methods
        Skills D1 - D4 and D6 are assessed through course essays and the dissertation.

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