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College of Law

Privacy Law

Course Number: 6915
Professor: C. Duncan
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3 credits
Semester Offered: Spring
Required: No
Prerequisites: None
Recommended Courses:

Course Overview

Privacy law is one of the most modern legal disciplines, and, due to the rapid development and pervasive adoption of computational and communications technologies, it is also one of the most rapidly developing. This course will give students a broad overview of the development and expansion of privacy law before delving into an in-depth exploration of legal issues specific to what has been more narrowly defined as “information privacy law.”  Aspects of constitutional, criminal, and tort law related to privacy will covered, as will specialized topics including consumer and financial, educational, employment, and health privacy protections. 

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Primarily lecture and discussion
Written Assignments: Research paper
Type of Exam: Research paper
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Research paper; presentation of paper topic; practical exercises; participation in class discussion
Other Comments

While this course will cover areas of law closely tied to technology, pre-existing knowledge of relevant technologies is not required.  Fundamental aspects of relevant technology will be covered in class discussion and readings as necessary to fully understand the legal issues.

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