|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
The limited protection of privacy for those who engage with online social networks has provoked a range of policy and law reform debates. This subject will delve deeply into the question of privacy law and social networks in an effort to explain and critique the current legal position as well as considering a range of proposals for improvements in the law.
Topics to be covered will include:
- Introduction: privacy in a networked environment;
- precursors: publication of diaries, letters, biographies, newspapers, photography, cinema, telephone, video and the rise of privacy;
- traditional legal responses: the development of common law and statutory doctrines dealing with aspects of privacy protection (not always explicitly);
- post-war pockets of specialised 'sui generis' laws including data protection, consumer protection, surveillance laws, and accompanying institutional innovations;
- modern trends and controversies: rise of an online networked society and challenges to privacy, problems of multi-jurisdictional laws; and
- imagining the future - what will be the role of law (and will it have a role)?
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Recognise that privacy and social networks have various legal connection points;
- appreciate the multiple ways in which privacy may be constrained and protected by the law, including in the context of social networks; and
- understand the basic features of the legal treatment of privacy specifically in the context of social networks.
On completion of the subject the student should have:
- Capacity for self-directed learning, specifically the ability to plan work and use time effectively;
- cognitive and analytical skills;
- the ability to speak about complex ideas in a clear and cogent manner;
- an awareness of diversity and plurality;
- write essays which develop structured argumentation; and
- capacity to judge the worth of their own arguments.
Eligibility and requirements
Recommended background knowledge
It is strongly recommended that students have completed at least 100 points of undergraduate study before enrolling in this subject. The subject level is an indicator as to the difficulty of the subject and expected workload.
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Tutorial attendance and participation (10%)
- Writing exercise (1,000 words) (20%) due after the end of teaching
- Reflective essay (3,000 words) (70%) due after the end of teaching
Dates & times
- Summer Term
Principal coordinator Megan Richardson Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 30 hours (one 1.5-hour lecture and one 1.5-hour workshop per day) Total time commitment 136 hours Pre teaching start date 14 January 2019 Pre teaching requirements Students are expected to access and review the Reading Guide that will be available from the LMS subject page and the subject materials provided by the subject coordinator, which will be available from the Co-op bookshop. Teaching period 11 February 2019 to 22 February 2019 Last self-enrol date 18 January 2019 Census date 15 February 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 22 February 2019 Assessment period ends 15 March 2019
Summer Term contact information
Time commitment details
- Printed subject materials will be available from the University Co-Op Bookshop.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
Additional information for this subject
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- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.