Web and Society

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Gerhard Hartmann
Credits 12
Term Term 1, Term 2
Workload 300 h


8 May 2012Christiane GrünlohThe module "Web Law" is renamed to "Web and Society" with immediate effect.Renaming of module Web LawWeb and Society

Learning outcomes

The students know aspects of Social Structures, Social Practices, Social Institutions, Social Stratifications and Social Change. Some of the related concepts are society, culture, socialisation, social groups, norm and deviation, ageing, race and ethnicity, gender, stratification, global poverty/global inequality, family, health and medicine, politics, education, collective behaviour, social movements, demography etc. .

In addition the students have learned to integrate concepts, approaches or aspects from the other Courses of this module into their project to cover a more comprehensive view.

They will be able to discuss and critically judge the mutual interplay of web based systems (especially by taking aspects of privacy, media psychology and social media into account) and social/societal aspects.

The students identify privacy as a relevant subject for web science and it's application in and for the web. They are able to explain the notion and meaning of privacy, to outline, what a right to privacy protects, to identify the conflicts between privacy, other human rights and interests, to understand how privacy is protected in the Europe, to critically analyse the right to privacy as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights and how the European Court of Human Rights has interpreted this right, to summarise the elements which must be proven to show a breach of confidence and to evaluate whether the law relating to breach of confidence embraces privacy.

The students know the notion of transparency as well as open data and know their advantages as well as legal implications of it. The students how enterprises and authorities could publish their data in a linked open format so that they can be accessed, used and reused (based on the open government licence), know when data cannot be published due to privacy, commercial sensitivity or other restrictions.

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