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.
Not offered in 2017
Science, Technology & Law examines the convergence of legal, social and scientific issues raised by innovative science, particularly biotechnology. The subject is intended to allow students to examine at an advanced level significant laws and regulatory systems relevant to the undertaking and commercialisation of science and technology and how the law attempts to keep pace with ongoing scientific developments. Investigation, synthesis and analysis of the complex legal and policy issues relating to the balance between the advancement of science and technology with the public interest will be undertaken using contemporary issues such as gene technology, human embryonic stem cell research, cloning and farmers' freedom to decide whether to adopt genetically modified crops. No scientific background is required or expected.
On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Apply knowledge and understanding of the law relating to the undertaking of science and the development and sale of products of science and technology, demonstrating advanced awareness of the policy concerns underpinning the law's response to developments in science and technology;
- Investigate, synthesise and analyse complex legal and policy issues relating to the balance between the advancement of science and technology with the public interest;
- Research independently into relevant domestic and international materials on the regulation of science and technology based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods;
- Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to solve complex problems
One research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
One take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%
24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)