LW7097 - Cyber, Space and Telecommunications: The Global Context

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What will I learn on this module?

This module provides an introduction to the global nature of three distinct but interwoven areas of the space, cyber and telecommunications industries. The dominant consideration in all three of these environments are economic although they all have significant military dimensions. The three areas are all, in some way, contingent or connected to each other. They are also both dependent on and drivers of new technological and engineering advances. This module will provide an understanding of the fundamental ways in which they are regulated, coupled with an appreciation of the key themes that emerge in their on-going development.
The module covers the following areas:
1. Shared themes in the Cyber, Space and Telecoms global industry.
2. An introduction to the military applications of Cyber, Space and Telecoms.
3. Threats to Space and telecoms from asymmetric cyber-attacks.
4. The role of space and telecoms in global navigation industry.
5. The changing face of Broadcasting in the new space, cyber and telecoms era.
6. Role of the ITU (i) Regulation of Telecoms.
7. Role of the ITU (ii) Regulating Space and the Internet.
8. Technology shaping the law: New developments in Cyber, Space and Telecoms.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will be taught using a mix of lectures and workshops. Your lectures will be used to ensure that all students have an understanding of the theory and doctrine of the above-mentioned areas. During your workshops you will be provided with a number of opportunities to undertake research and discuss your own experiences and insights into the contemporary cyber, space and telecoms environment. You will undertake tasks both individually and in groups. During the workshops you will receive feedback from your tutors and from fellow students and you will be encouraged to reflect upon the feedback you receive and how that feedback can be used to improve your research and writing. Your module is supported by a range of electronic materials, which are made available to all students via the eLearning site (Blackboard Ultra). These include recordings of lectures, written guidance, podcasts and YouTube videos and self-test exercises. You will receive a module handbook which outlines the formal sessions (lectures and workshops) and provides details of independent study/learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The members of staff who teach on this module have significant research experience in this area. As such, they will provide academic support where necessary. All lectures will be recorded and made available to students to aid in learning and understanding. You will be encouraged to use this resource to develop your appreciation of the interrelated nature of the disparate areas of law studied as part of the module.The University is well-placed to support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities, access to on-line legal databases and resources and appropriate software. This module will be designed and managed by your designated Module Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the module. All relevant materials and instructions including notes for lectures and workshops will be accessible on-line through the module eLP site. The site is maintained by your Module Tutor, who will also provide updates on issues of current legal significance as appropriate. Academic support is also available through formative feedback during timetabled sessions, on assignments and through the module handbook which details the delivery structure and any University requirements. At programme level you will be supported by the Programme Leader who will provide pastoral support throughout the module and the programme as a whole.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the impact of innovative and contemporary research on the global environment as it relates to the policy, principles, law, regulations and practice of space, cyber and telecommunications activity.
2. You will understand the wider impact of legal developments in respect of the global social and environmental contexts of space, cyber and telecommunications activity.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. You will be able to analyse and communicate complex legal and policy issues effectively.
4. You will be able to conduct self-directed research including accurate identification of issue(s) in respect of the global space, cyber and telecommunications environment which require researching and the retrieval and critical evaluation of accurate, current and relevant information from a range of appropriate sources including primary legal sources.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. You will be able to critically reflect on your own work and that of others.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be achieved by self-test questions in module materials, group discussion, informal peer assessment and assessed and non- assessed exercises. Answers to self-test questions will be provided on the module eLP and your tutor will give oral and written feedback to you as required.
Summative Assessment will be undertaken on an individual basis by way of assignment which constitutes 100% of the marks for this module. The assessment will be a 3000-word written assignment using problem-based scenarios to examine the policy, principles, law, regulations and practice of commercial contracts This assignment aims to encourage a deep and critical approach to learning, developing an ability to think widely about the issues presented within the module and to explore these in-line with directed and independent learning.
Assessment criteria will be provided to enable you to understand what is expected of you and how you will be judged on your performance. You will be provided with appropriate written or oral feedback (as appropriate), and, as part of your reflective development, such feedback can be utilised in the preparation of subsequent module assessments on the programme. You will be provided with appropriate written or oral feedback (as appropriate), and, as part of your reflective development, such feedback can be utilised in the preparation of subsequent module assessments on the programme.

Pre-requisite(s)

NA

Co-requisite(s)

NA

Module abstract

This module provides an introduction to the global nature of the space, cyber and telecommunications industries. On this module, you will be given an understanding of the global business and regulatory environment in which these three interrelated areas operate. The module will examine the way in which these three areas have become intertwined and the way in which they are also both dependent on and drivers of new technological and engineering advances. The module will draw on the research expertise of the module tutors to help provide an evaluation of both civilian and military activity in cyber, space and telecommunications and will give you a unique perspective on the interrelated and interconnected governance issues that characterise all three areas. The module will provide you with both the context to discuss these governance issues and invite you to propose new models of working in areas which are in a state of constant evolution due to advances in technology.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year Full Time

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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