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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

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1Diagnose contemporary information environmental regulatory challengesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2Gauge the role of information economics in determining appropriate information regulationIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
3Outline the parameters of the information commons and assess its governance potential Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4Determine the utility of applying ecological principles to the information environmentIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5Weigh competing methods of counteracting the regulatory effect of concentrated interests Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
6Critically evaluate information environmental governance frameworksIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
7Consider the reform potential of hypothetical legal judgments Intellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Diagnose contemporary information environmental regulatory challenges
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Gauge the role of information economics in determining appropriate information regulation
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Outline the parameters of the information commons and assess its governance potential
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Determine the utility of applying ecological principles to the information environment
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. Weigh competing methods of counteracting the regulatory effect of concentrated interests
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. Critically evaluate information environmental governance frameworks
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. Consider the reform potential of hypothetical legal judgments
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment

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