LAW5343 - Privacy and surveillance: Law, policy and governance - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Not offered in 2017


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Previously coded as LAW7246


This unit examines the various legal, policy and governance issues relating to privacy and surveillance. Students will be required to consider the range of technological and regulatory measures that are available, or required, to deal with surveillance and how surveillance and privacy are regulated under existing Australian laws. They will also be given the opportunity to fully explore the relevant technology, how the different privacy and surveillance issues to which it gives rise interrelate and the application of the various regulatory mechanisms which have been designed to deal with these problems.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding Australian laws which regulate surveillance and privacy with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning;
  • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to privacy and surveillance and their regulation;
  • conduct research on the regulation of surveillance and privacy based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods; and
  • use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to privacy and surveillance and their regulation.


Research Assignment (5,250 words): 70% + Take home examination (2,250 words): 30%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)

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