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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3173: Technology and Human Rights Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


I. Foundations

  1. Introduction to technology and human rights law
  2. Privacy in the digital age 1 and 2
  3. Freedom of expression in the digital age 1 and 2
  4. Comparative approaches to data protection


II. Practical application & current challenges

  1. Technological companies and the protection of human rights
  2. Digital identity, blockchain and human rights protection
  3. Cybersecurity and human rights
  4. Big data and contemporary challenges
  5. Artificial intelligence and automation 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4.53 x 1.5 hour workshops
Guided Independent Study73.5Lectures and workshops preparation, to include advance reading and preparation of questions and activities
Guided independent study50Revision and assessment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Ana Beduschi et al., ‘Building Digital Identities: the Challenges, Risks and Opportunities of Collecting Behavioural Attributes for New Digital Identity Systems’ (2017) available at