Surveillance Security and Democracy - LAWS8037

Faculty: Faculty of Law

School: Faculty of Law

Course Outline: See below

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2

Enrolment Requirements:

Academic Program must be 9231 or 5231 or 9220 or 5750 or 9200 or 5740 or 9210 or 9230 or 9214 or 5214 or 9285 or 5285 or 9211 or 5211.

Excluded: JURD7437

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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The ethical hacking of Anonymous and the leaking of secret documents to Wikileaks will form the main two case studies for addressing this course. This course examines the use surveillance (the techniques of social control through the use of information technology) in both the public and private sectors, information privacy (or 'data protection') law and freedom of expression law as a response to security concerns. The pervasiveness of Internet use by business, government and citizens has surveillance, privacy protection, freedom of expression and security at the centre of the emerging information economy and information society. This subject examines surveillance, security and some of the underpinnings of democracy through the focus of these Australian laws, but also considers their place in an emerging international context.

LLM Specialisations

Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Media and Technology Law.

Main Topics
  • Overview of information privacy
  • How does technology enhance the protection/impinge on civil liberties?
  • Access and correction principles
  • Special Topics: e.g. Wikileaks
More information can be found on the Course Outline Website.
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