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Law, Innovation and Technologies PG (11471.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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This unit examines how law engages with and shapes disruptive technologies. It does so by examining regulation, law reform, and practical implications of technological innovation both in theory, and through application to case studies. Case studies will be drawn from fields including biotechnologies, information, and communication technologies. Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between technology and society, and the role of law as a mediator for change. The unit provides students with unique exposure to cross-disciplinarity between sciences and law. Students will identify, analyse, and articulate relevant issues and legal responses.

This unit may be co-taught with an undergraduate version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Apply and analyse legal processes to understand law reform and regulation in the context of technology and society;

2. Create and evaluate legal arguments demonstrating the operation of existing legal frameworks, and arguing for reform using advanced legal communication skills; and

3. Create and evaluate arguments about the impact of technologies on society and law's role in moderating or mediating technological disruption.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour seminar (featuring problem-based learning and interactive workshop) on campus per week.


Students must have completed 12 credit points of study at postgraduate level.



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