Privacy, Confidentiality and Access Law (9275.1)
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|Faculty Of Business, Government & Law
|Canberra Law School
|Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
critiques of privacy, confidentiality and national security law (including human rights and commercial information sharing);
integration of theory, law and practice in development, application and appraisal of measures that strengthen or erode personal privacy, law enforcement, network security and the protection of commercially sensitive information;
drivers of policy development and legal change (eg the impact of incidents such as the Telstra data breach and Spycatcher trial, initiatives such as WikiLeaks and frameworks such as the EU Data Protection Directives);
awareness of legal frameworks that includes state enactments, common law and industry codes;
the interrelationship of privacy and access principles/practice with other UC Law units.
Learning outcomesOn completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of basic principles of Australian privacy, confidentiality, access and data protection law;
2. demonstrate an awareness of key statutes and case law, and of the main regulatory bodies at the national and state/territory levels;
3. demonstrate an understanding of development of that law in response to international obligations and domestic technological change and those key issues of policy that underlie the law;
4. demonstrate an understanding of the relevance and application of international agreements, standards and practice;
5. demonstrate an understanding of practice in this field, including employment undertakings, online consumer agreements, application for suppression orders and use of access statutes such as the Freedom of Information Act 1988 (Cth).
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
Prerequisites6601 Legal Methods and Skills AND
6602 Legal Systems
Assumed knowledgeUnderstanding of the Australian legal and criminal justice system; familiarity with legal research and analysis resources and practices.
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Sources of particular significance will be identified on Moodle (which is accessible from Week 13 of 1st semester 2016) prior to commencement of the unit and pointers will be provided in every session. There is no set text.
Students are expected to actively engage with the statutes, judgments and secondary literature on an autonomous basis.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All submissions must be submitted via the relevant Moodle drop box.
Format requirements (eg MS Word rather than PDF) are identified in the guidelines for each assessment item. The guidelines are available on Moodle prior to commencement of the unit.
Special assessment requirements
Students must attempt all three assessment items in order to pass the unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The unit is taught on an intensive basis.
Face to face participation is recommented but is not mandatory.
There is no participation mark.
You must attempt all three assessment items in order to pass the unit.
Required IT skills
Students are assumed to have basic IT skills such as word processing (including footnoting in the AGLC3 format), use of email and proficiency in the identification of online resources
Work placement, internships or practicums
All assessible items in this unit must be AGLC3 compliant and otherwise comply with the Instructions provided on Moodle