NWI-IBC037
Law for Computer Scientists
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-IBC037
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Informatica en Informatiekunde;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
prof. mr. F.J. Zuiderveen Borgesius
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Lecturer
prof. mr. F.J. Zuiderveen Borgesius
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Contactperson for the course
prof. mr. F.J. Zuiderveen Borgesius
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Examiner
prof. mr. F.J. Zuiderveen Borgesius
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Academic year2020
Period
KW4  (05/04/2021 to 31/08/2021)
Starting block
KW4
Course mode
full-time
RemarksStudents for whom the course is compulsory in their programme have first access.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listYes
Placement procedureIn order of Study programme
ExplanationIn order of Study programme
Aims
Students will be able to:
  • Discriminate between nonsensical and sound information on legal issues in the media
  • Discriminate between opinions about the law and the force of ‘legal effect’
  • Conduct own research in the ‘sources of law’, and to develop valid legal argumentation
Content
- Do human rights apply on the internet?
- Is a video sharing platform such as YouTube responsible for copyright infringement if somebody uploads an unlicensed copy of a new movie?
- When do Silicon Valley companies have to comply with European data protection law?
- In the hunt for terrorists, is the state allowed to monitor people’s internet use?
 
These types of questions are discussed during the course Law for computer scientists. The course offers an introduction to law, with a focus on what is relevant for designing, protecting and using computing systems. We give special attention to legal argumentation, and to the difference between private law, public law and criminal law. We discuss, for instance, copyright enforcement on the internet, data protection and privacy law, and freedom of expression.
In the master course of ‘Law in Cyberspace’, similar issues are discussed at a more advanced level.


In the master course of ‘Law in Cyberspace’ similar issues will be discussed at a more advanced level of analysis. 
 
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
No specific prerequisites, but students should be advanced in their bachelor programme Computing Sciences. If you want to prepare for the course, you can read this book: Hage, Jaap, Waltermann, Antonia, Akkermans, Bram (eds.), Introduction to Law, Springer 2017 ISBN: 978-3-319-57252-9. It is available as an ebook in the university library.
Test information
Written exam. Possibly, there will also be assignments during the course.
Specifics

Required materials
Articles
Texts which will be distributed through Brightspace. Among other texts, we will read several chapters from this book: Hage, Jaap, Waltermann, Antonia, Akkermans, Bram (eds.), Introduction to Law, Springer 2017 ISBN: 978-3-319-57252-9. It is available as an e-book in the library.
Costs:0.00

Instructional modes
Course
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock KW4, Block KW4