Not offered in 2021
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.
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:|
|1||Diagnose contemporary information environmental regulatory challenges|
|2||Gauge the role of information economics in determining appropriate information regulation|
|3||Outline the parameters of the information commons and assess its governance potential|
|4||Determine the utility of applying ecological principles to the information environment|
|5||Weigh competing methods of counteracting the regulatory effect of concentrated interests|
|6||Critically evaluate information environmental governance frameworks|
|7||Consider the reform potential of hypothetical legal judgments|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Diagnose contemporary information environmental regulatory challenges
- Gauge the role of information economics in determining appropriate information regulation
- Outline the parameters of the information commons and assess its governance potential
- Determine the utility of applying ecological principles to the information environment
- Weigh competing methods of counteracting the regulatory effect of concentrated interests
- Critically evaluate information environmental governance frameworks
- Consider the reform potential of hypothetical legal judgments
Teaching and assessment
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