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Information Law and Policy

  • Identify the legal principles underlying specific information issues
  • Demonstrate a professional understanding of the use of relevant information law to help provide accurate information
  • Critically evaluate and analyse information policies and their legal expression.

This module looks at publishing, IT and information law in various key areas.

Coverage includes: internet regulation, copyright, freedom of information, trade marks, confidentiality and security, patents, policies on the republishing of public sector information, data protection, and computer misuse.

Presentations are by City University staff and visiting practitioner lecturers, supported by e-learning notes, readings and resources. There is an emphasis on reports of actual cases to show how the law applies in information, publishing and IT contexts.

Assessment is by an essay-style assignment.

In their feedback, students have commended the enthusiasm of the module leader.

In a professional setting, students who have taken this module, have been able to advise, for instance, on when licences would be needed for downloading and using electronic content, or where privacy rights are a concern in publishing.

The module is not designed for lawyers, but for information and publishing professionals who will be able to act as a link between their employer and the law and be able to give an opinion and advise on when a lawyer may be needed and when not.