LAW-30097 - Law and New Technologies
Coordinator: Maria Tzanou Tel: +44 1782 7 33093
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module explores the challenges that the technologies of the twenty-first century (such as the Internet, smart technologies, driverless cars, artificial intelligence and robotics) pose on the law and more particularly on fundamental rights. It identifies and critically analyses the key legal frameworks and jurisprudential responses to these new technologies and discusses their successes as well as their limitations.

This module aims to:
- provide a critical understanding of the ways new technologies permeate our everyday activities, our home, our vehicles and our public spaces.
- critically reflect on the legal and ethical challenges that the use of new technologies by individuals and States pose on fundamental rights, such as privacy, data protection, freedom of expression and human dignity.
- identify and critically analyse the key legal frameworks at the supranational and international levels that regulate new technologies and address the challenges posed by them.
- critically analyse major jurisprudential responses to new technologies.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Identify the interrelationships between law and new technologies.
: 1
Understand the key legal and jurisprudential mechanisms of regulating and responding to new technologies at the EU and the international level.: 1
Develop competent and critical arguments regarding the success and limits of the law in addressing the challenges posed by new technologies.
: 1
Identify relevant primary and secondary, legal and non-legal materials, relating to the subject matter through library and online database such as WestLaw and LexixNexis, as well as other internet sources.
: 1
Synthesise and critically analyse these materials.: 1
Organise and conduct effective research.: 1
Develop coherence and clarity in written and oral presentations that allow them to articulate to others a critical evaluation of the knowledge they have acquired.
: 1


Study hours

2-hour weekly Seminars (10 weeks) - 20 hours
Seminar Preparation Hours (research & reading) - 70 hours
Research for an assessed essay & possibility to submit an essay plan as formative assessment - 30 hours
Writing an assessed essay (summative assessment) - 30 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
4,000 words essay
A 4,000 words essay from a set of questions, with the option to choose an essay topic agreed by the module leader. The essay topics will require students to critically analyse issues covered in the module.