Legal Challenges in the Digital Community, 15.0 credits

Welcome to the Spring Semester 2017!

My name is Therese Enarsson and I am the teacher primarily responsible for the course Legal Challenges in the Digital Community. I hope the information below will answer any question you might have regarding the course. If you have some additional questions, do not hesitate to contact me by any of the means listed on the bottom of this page. Also, make sure to regularly check the course website, available through Cambro once the course starts.
 

What Will You Learn? 

The course highlights areas of law where traditional legal thinking has been challenged by the rise of the digital community. Particular emphasis will be placed on legal analysis and discussion of intellectual property rights, privacy, publicity, issues of jurisdiction, and governance and control of the internet. The course approaches these issues from an international as well as European and Swedish perspective, analysing the tension between law and technology as a global phenomenon.
 

Activities

The schedule can be found on the link on this page. As the schedule shows, this is a tutorial-based course. This means that: (1) The number of students in this course will be very limited; (2) you will get ample opportunities to practice your ability to think for yourself, writing, ability to present your essential findings, develop mental flexibility and ability to argue; (3) the exact content of the course is much dependent on what you choose to focus on in your papers.  

Specific instructions regarding the overreaching topics for each tutorial will be posted on the course website in Cambro.
 

Materials

As the course literature list shows, there is no mandatory course literature for the course. Instead, a number of articles and texts will be distributed via Cambro, related to the tutorials. Also, since you will have access to legal databases through the library, you will also find many relevant legal articles and other materials.
 

Examination

Teaching is done through assignments, seminars and lectures. Active participation in discussions at seminars is crucial and students must carefully study all course material before each seminar and submit written assignments where applicable. All instruction and discussion will take place in English.

Examination takes place through fulfilment of two parts, partly the compulsory course elements specified in component 1 below, partly writing a research paper specified in component 2 below.

Component 1

Active participation in discussions both in electronic form and at the gatherings.

Fulfillment of written assignments.

Component 2

At the end of the course, students should write an individual research paper.

The individual research paper that each student will write at the end of the course can be an extended version of an earlier written assignment on the course, or a completely new paper.

Introduction & Registration

The course starts with introduction and registration Tuesday, January 17, at 13.00-14.00 in hall S 201 d (a small classroom/group room on the ground floor) of the Social Sciences Building (Samhällsvetarhuset). At this time, you will get information about the tutorials (including the papers to be submitted). If you are unable to participate at that time but intend to take the course, please contact me as soon as possible.

Questions?

I am academically responsible for the course. If you have any problems or questions of academic nature, you can e-mail me at therese.enarsson@umu.se or call me at (+46) 090-786 59 07. Katarina Lundqvist is the course secretary and handles all administrative questions.

Best regards,

Therese Enarsson


Course-Related

Course DescriptionApplication InformationSyllabus With Course LiteratureThe above syllabus also applies when the course is taken as a part of the Master of Law-programme, except that the grading scale for the Master of Law-programme is used.

For Admitted Students

Course Material (Cambro)
Schedule