Core Module Information
Module title: Law and Technology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW09132
Module leader: Lorna Gillies
School The Business School
Subject area group: Law
Prerequisites

N/A

Description of module content:

The purpose of the Module is to enable you to acquire knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and relevance of law and information technology and to critically analyse and evaluate the implications of information technology and media on society and legal practice.
The focus is on three concepts: Regulation, Risk and Practice. These three concepts will then enable flexibility in the delivery of discrete topics. The topics below are indicative for the purposes of the proposed Module and for delivery in 2021-22 but given the nature of the topic of the Module will be expected to respond to change and adapt over time. The regulation of information technology and its impact on law and legal practice is the introductory theme to the Module. The second theme considers risks in law and information technology. It considers discrete topics where risks in law and information technology arise and the response of legal practice to such risks. Examples include the role of contract law in cloud computing, blockchain and smart contracts; contract management systems and data management including protection and privacy / legal data; and cybercrime and cyber security. The third theme is concerned with the impact of law and information technology on society. For example, indicative topics may include Information technology and the gig economy; the liability of online platforms/intermediaries; and international jurisdiction and applicable law and/or dispute resolution/ADR/ODR platforms. The third theme considers the interaction between Information technology and legal practice. Within this theme indicative topics may include Artificial Intelligence: natural language processing and machine learning/automation and risk; and access to justice, legal advice, adjudication and the role of courts.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main areas of law and legal practice concerned with, influenced or affected by information technology;
LO2: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different approaches taken by relevant international conventions (and where applicable EU) regulations, directives, UK statutes and UK (and where applicable EU) case law on the regulation of information technology to society generally and its impact on legal practice;
LO3: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal implications of information technology and media such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and other technologies that affect society and in turn legal practice;
LO4: Critically analyse and evaluate the way information technology relates to broader paradigms of the rule of law and access to justice;
LO5: Conduct independent research that demonstrates an understanding of principles, policy and substantive law, and to communicate complex ideas in writing.


Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lorna Gillies
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching methods for this Module are a combination of online lectures and face-to-face tutorials. This approach enables you to be introduced to and consider key concepts, policies, regulations, law and issues relating to the three themes of the Module relative to law, legal practice and information technology (Regulation, Risk, Practice). The tutorials will enable lively discussion of topics relating to these three themes and the challenges arising from information technology on access to justice, the rule of law and legal practice. The overarching objective of the learning and teaching methods is to equip you with an understanding of the role and influence of information technology on law and legal practice in the 21st century.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will be by way of active tutorial discussion of tutorial questions.

Summative Assessment:
The Module will be assessed by way of two essays (coursework). Both essays will be worth 50% of the mark for the Module. Each essay will be 2500 words in length. The essays will be suitable spaced out during trimester one to (a) assess knowledge and understanding on the range of topics across the three themes and (b) enable feedback on the first coursework to be received well in advance of the second coursework. The first coursework will be a set question which you must attempt. The second coursework will be set on the remaining range of topics in the Module. You will be allowed to focus on one topic from a range of the set questions. This will enable independent learning and research skills and encourage a critical analysis/mindset which reflects the content and level of this Module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 174
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2,3 and 5 6 , WORDS= 2500
Essay 50 1,2,4 and 5 12 , WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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