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Internet Law

Course overview

(LLM) Master of Laws
Internet Law
University of Essex
University of Essex
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full-time or part-time
LLM M10412

A degree with a high 2:2.

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.0 in writing

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

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eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 LW650-7-FY Dissertation: Internet Law Core 60 Optional
02 LW652-7-AU Internet Regulation Compulsory 15 Compulsory Compulsory
03 ITME option from list Optional 15 Optional Optional
04 ITME option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional
05 ITME option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional
06 Law option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional
07 LW633-7-FY Foundation Essay for Information Technology, Media & E-Commerce Compulsory 0

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

Provide students with an advanced conceptual understanding of the methods, techniques and legal principles regarding law in the field of electronic communications which is informed by insight based on scholarship at the forefront of the discipline.
Set the relevant law and policy in its business and global contexts.
Develop critical, analytical and research skills, and transferable skills.
Produce graduates capable of working in the field of electronic communications law as lawyers, regulators, legal advisers or researchers with governments and international and business organizations, and as academics.
Produce graduates who can conduct independent research and construct coherent, well written papers.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 The fundamental doctrines and principles of law as it relates to various aspects of electronic. communications.
A2 The political, economic and social framework in which the law of electronic communications operates, as well as the basic technical framework within which the communications industries operate.
A3 How law relating to electronic communications is applied in various judicial and practical situations.
A4 Some areas of the law relating to electronic communications in some depth.
A5 Specific areas of the law relating to electronic communications in depth.
Learning Methods: A1 - A5 are acquired through large and smaller group interactive classes, which encourage dialogue between the students and teacher and between the students inter se, and through seminars which allow for dynamic interaction based on directed, pre-set reading.
Additional guest lectures from specialists outside the department supplement the information provided to the students in relation to topical issues and practical aspects of the law in this area.
Students are expected to undertake independent research for courses and, in particular, course essays and the dissertation.
A5 is acquired in particular through the independent research for the dissertation, which is focussed on a particular topic.
Assessment Methods: Testing the knowledge-base for A1 - A4 is through course essays and the dissertation.
A5 is assessed through the dissertation.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Identify accurately the issue(s) which require researching.
B2 Produce a synthesis of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to a topic in English and French law.
B3 Reason critically, identify, analyse, and solve complex problems, even in the absence of complete data.
B4 Recognise, rank and collate items and issues in terms of relevance and importance.
B5 Produce a comprehensive, coherent and sophisticated synthesis of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to a topic.
B6 Critically evaluate the merits of particular arguments and advanced scholarship in the field.
B7 Present and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or methodologies and, where necessary, propose new hypotheses.
B8 Demonstrate and exercise originality of thought in the application of knowledge.
B9 Identify, select and retrieve up-to-date legal information, using both paper and electronic sources.
Learning Methods: Skills B1 - B9 are obtained and developed through seminars and larger group interactive classes where there is an emphasis on group discussion and analysis of case material and problems (hypothetical and actual) under the direction of the course tutor.
All skills are complemented by independent research for course essays and the dissertation.
In addition, learning is enhanced by formative assessment of Skills B1, B3 and B7 in seminars and large group interactive classes.
B9 is encouraged via individual supervision of each student's dissertation.
Assessment Methods: Skills B1 - B8 will be acquired through course essays and the dissertation.
Skill B9 will be assessed by the dissertation.

C: Practical skills

C1 Identify, select and retrieve up-to-date legal information, using both paper and electronic sources.
C2 Identify, select and retrieve non-legal information relevant to the law relating to electronic communications, using both paper and electronic sources.
C3 Use and apply legal terminology and legal concepts, not only in legal settings, but to applied problems, actual or hypothetical.
C4 Plan and undertake tasks in and beyond complex areas of law that have already been studied; and plan and autonomously undertake independent research in areas of law not previously studied.
Learning Methods: Skills C1 and C2 are developed through preparation for seminars and the large group interactive classes, as well as through research for the course essays and dissertation.
Skills C3 and C4 are developed through seminars by way of the medium of problem solving and group discussion.
Skill C4 is particularly developed through course essays and the dissertation.
Skills C1 - C4 are formatively assessed in tutorials, large group interactive classes, and the Dissertation, which assessment reinforces their learning by students.
Skill C4 is particularly developed through the dissertation.
In addition to traditional research methods, students are expected to use the internet and legal databases when researching their assessed work in order to find primary and secondary sources, either in on-line or paper format.
Assessment Methods: Skills C1 - C4 are assessed through course essays and the dissertation.

D: Key skills

D1 (D1A) read and speak English proficiently so as to be able to understand and explain relevant primary and secondary legal material
D2 A student should be able to: (D2A) Produce a word-processed essay and other text in an appropriate form. (D2B) use the worldwide web, e-mail, and also some electronic information retrieval systems
D3 A student should be able to: (D3) Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, use, present and evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form.
D4 A student should be able to: (D4A) analyse a complex set of facts, where necessary in unpredictable situations, and apply relevant law thereto; (D4B) from first principles, devise from existing laws a means by which to extend protection in a sphere where there has been none previously e.g. as a result of technical developments
D6 A student should be able: (D6A) with limited guidance, to reflect on his or her own learning, and to seek and make use of feedback; (D6B) to appreciate when s/he does not know enough and needs to undertake further research; (D6C) to continue to take his/her own knowledge and understanding further and to develop new skills to a sophisticated standard; (D6D) to exercise initiative and personal responsibility
Learning Methods: Skills D1 - D6 are acquired through seminars and case studies where students debate legal issues and problems, course essays and the dissertation.
Students do work together in all courses, but it is not assessed, so it cannot be recorded as a skill acquired though this LLM.
By focussing on research essays as the primary means of assessment, our graduates are trained to conduct independent research, and organise and collate this research into coherent papers, a skill which is then developed during the planning, researching and writing of the dissertation.
In this way, they develop the legal analytical skills acquired in exam based LLB undergraduate courses.
Increasingly information relating to the degree is disseminated via e-mail, thus encouraging students to use skills D2; legal databases are also more up-to-date than their paper equivalents, which again encourages students to use the technology.
Assessment Methods: Skills D1 - D4 and D6 are assessed through course essays and the dissertation.


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