Explores emergent ideas relating to the contemporary regulation of information. Parallels are drawn between environmental law frameworks that evolved in the 1970s and the 21st century need for regulatory structures concerning the information environment. Four environmental analytical frameworks are canvassed: welfare economics, the commons, ecology, and public choice theory.
Topic 1: Introduction to information environmentalism
Topic 2: Information paradox and public goods
Topic 3: Externalities and monopolies
Topic 4: Information commons
Topic 5: Tragedy of (ignoring) the information semicommons
Topic 6: The social ecology of information environmental governance
Topic 7: Should the information commons have standing?
Topic 8: Rational truths, reasonable arguments and rhetorical imagination
Topic 9: Public choice theory and social production
Topic 10: Separation of (economic) power doctrine
Topic 11: Towards an information environmental governance framework
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Diagnose contemporary information environmental regulatory challenges||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Gauge the role of information economics in determining appropriate information regulation||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Outline the parameters of the information commons and assess its governance potential||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Determine the utility of applying ecological principles to the information environment||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Weigh competing methods of counteracting the regulatory effect of concentrated interests||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||Critically evaluate information environmental governance frameworks||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||Consider the reform potential of hypothetical legal judgments||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Cunningham, R, 2014, Information Environmentalism: a governance framework for intellectual property rights, Edward Elgar. ISBN: 978 0 85793 843 5.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3
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