Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

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.

Unit content

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

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

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