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INSTG019 Legal and Social Aspects of Electronic Publishing

This module explores the link between electronic publishing technologies, society and the law. Topics covered include, virtual communities; freedom of information and data protection; control of information and hacking; surveillance and legal access to information; health information; government information; copyright. The method of delivery is mixed and includes weekly set readings, lectures by expert guest speakers, short student presentations, and seminar discussion. 

Learning outcomes: By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the impact of information on technological change; society; government and international relations; the place of the individual in virtual or actual communities; discuss how legislation and information affect each other; identify key issues involved in the development of the 'Information Society'; articulate personal perspectives, and show a critical awareness of the positive and negative issues of the information society. They will also have an understanding of copyright legislation in a national and international context.

Assessment: Assessment is by an unseen written exam

Core module for: none

Optional for: MSc IS, MA/MSc DH, Publishing, MA Translation Studies. This module is also available for short course students

Taught by: Simon Mahony


  • Thursday from 14:00 to 17:00 in Term two
  • Location: Roberts Building, Room 422 (map)

Information for prospective students: an indication of the module structure.

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