Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3093: (European) Internet Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims at providing you with a thorough understanding of selected issues arising with the development of the Internet and the increased popularity of online transactions. The focus of the course will be on the societal shift that the development of the Internet brought about and the resulting need for policymakers to accommodate the new market trends in their law-making. Various areas of law struggle to accommodate the rise of the Internet and online transactions, either by attempting to stretch the interpretation of the existing regulatory framework to cover the newly identified in online transactions issues, or by devising new rules, applicable specifically to the digital market. The module aims to provide you with the necessary legal, theoretical and contextual background in order to analyse effectively the rationales, application and limits of various rules adopted by the legislators while regulating the Internet. Due to the comprehensive framework of discussed issues, touching upon different areas of private law, you will improve your academic analytical skills, but also learn to engage critically with law in context.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and a thorough understanding of the main areas of Internet law;
2. Identify, explain and critically evaluate the main legal instruments regulating Internet law;
3. Demonstrate critical awareness of a wide range of social, moral, pragmatic and economic implications of regulating Internet law;
4. Compare, analyse and synthesise the principal rules and theories relating to Internet law.
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a range of legal concepts, values, principles, institutions and procedures, and explain the relationships among them, as well as their limits;
6. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of legal concepts and their contextual, social and commercial implications;
7. Apply legal knowledge to a problem/ case study and to suggest a conclusion supported by relevant arguments;
8. Integrate and assess information from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques.
Personal and Key Skills9. Manage relevant learning resources/ information and to develop own arguments and opinions with minimum guidance;
10. Communicate and engage in debate effectively and accurately, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline;
11. Identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of library-based and electronic resources with minimum guidance;
12. Work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.