Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

LAW8574 : Internet and E-Commerce Law

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The legal framework for electronic commerce is now well established, but the role of law in the online world we all increasingly inhabit continues to be the subject of heated discussion. Recent events including the Snowden mass state surveillance disclosures, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the fears that AI will replace us, the rise of digital contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the place of platforms in distributing race hate and political propaganda, to name but a few, have all placed Internet law front and centre in legal discourse.

This course aims to cover

(a) legal issues surrounding online business (particular business-to-consumer transactions) and online business models eg targeted adverts

(b) overarching legal issues affecting the regulation of the Internet, with an emphasis on privacy, data protection, content moderation, platform liability, and algorithmic regulation

(c) selected legal topics in relation to emerging technologies such as AI, COVID-19 technologies, robots and autonomous vehicles

The work of regulatory bodies and the contradictory positions of states, industry, consumers, citizens and other stakeholders will be discussed in relation to controversial legal and political issues. Students will be asked to engage with and understand matters such as human rights, transparency, enforcement and globalization will be closely integrated into class discussion.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Law, technology and the digital economy
2. Jurisdiction and regulation
3. Internet Transactions 1: contracts and signatures
4: Internet Transactions 2: consumers and payments
5: Fraud and dispute resolution
6: Data and privacy
7: Intermediaries
8: Current issues

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:002:00Advice from teacher with worked examples; peer and teacher feedback
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials81:008:00Basic background lectures on key areas
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Synchronous small group ‘seminar’ sessions, online, where issues and reading for topics.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Interactive introductions to key knowledge.
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion61:006:00Asynchronous discussion as Canvas discussions to summarise topics and pose some specific questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00Drop in sessions for small group feedback and queries run via zoom or teams.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1601:00160:00Independent study: supplementary, reading
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods are designed to reflect a blended and more interactive and inclusive approach to teaching through online discussions, activities and guided student activities.

Lectures Materials aim to provide an overview of the background and main principles/issues. Lectures will be delivered in 1 hr segments with breaks and supported with structured online synchronous activities.

Small group teaching (seminars) provides the opportunity to develop oral, analytical and critical skills. Discussion is structured to consider questions focusing on key principles and problem areas. Some seminars will use problem style questions, providing opportunities for group-based in-depth skills and knowledge development in relation to the application of the law to scenarios. Other seminars will focus discussion around topics. These components will provide formative practice opportunities ahead of the summative assessment. Feed-forward will also be provided through the opportunity to prepare individual or small group presentations and receive and give peer feedback. Oral teacher feedback will also be provided.

Drop-in sessions will represent additional hours of scheduled online contact time. These sessions are opportunities for students to ask broader questions about the module content or to seek additional feed-forward guidance in relation to assessments.

Discussion board activity will give students online participation and interaction skills as well as prepare them for group work in seminars.

Guided Independent Study is to be divided between preparing for lectures and seminars, consolidation, and revision for assessment.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1003000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework will test practical understanding of the topics and will require application of student’s knowledge to address the question(s) posed. The question will require students to identify the relevant issues and apply principles and case law logically to provide a balanced answer; this approach will also reduce the risk of plagiarism.

Reading Lists

Timetable