Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedPrato Term 2 2015 (Day)


Quota applies

The unit can be taken by a maximum of 45 students (due to limited facilities and method of teaching).


This unit will examine from a comparative perspective, the legal and social issues relating to the protection of individual privacy against the state, the media, companies and other individuals. It will introduce students to comparative perspectives relating to the protection of privacy against intrusions and unauthorised disclosures, and relating to data privacy. In particular, the unit will focus on the challenges posed to privacy by new and emerging technologies. Case studies will be drawn from Australia, the UK, the European Union and the US.


On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding, from a comparative perspective, of the law relating to the protection of privacy, demonstrating sophisticated awareness of the theoretical and policy concerns underpinning privacy law and of the privacy threats posed by new technologies;
  • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex legal and policy issues relating to the balance between the right to privacy and other rights and interests, including the right to freedom of expression;
  • conduct research into issues relating to the application of comparative law and policy to the rights to privacy and data privacy;
  • use cognitive, technical and creative skills to solve complex problems relating to privacy, technology, law and policy.


Class participation and class paper (1,500 words): 20%
One research assignment (6,000 words): 80%

Workload requirements

Students are required to attend 36 hours of lectures over the duration of this semi-intensive unit.

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