General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LSCI1001
Course name: Law, Science and Innovation
Programme offered under: BSc&LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of law, science and innovation. Students will explore, on the one hand, the ways in which legal mechanisms (such as the intellectual property system and human rights law) promotes or regulates science and innovation, and non-legal mechanisms that may serve as complements or substitutes. On the other hand, students will consider how science and innovation may shape the future development of law, including but not limited to the relevant impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The course is intended to provide a solid foundation for students enrolled in the double degree to pursue further study in areas where law and science intersect, such as patent law and policy,  and information technology law and policy, and medical ethics and law.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Ryan Whalen CCT 815 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

CLO 1 Describe and explain the major developments in areas in which law, science and innovation intersect.

CLO 2 Use relevant information and knowledge acquired from the course to critically examine developments in law, science and innovation.

CLO 3 Apply what they have learnt to critically analyse, and to come up with solutions for, new and uncertain situations and problems within law, science and innovation.

CLO 4 Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of law, science and innovation within the broader economic, social, and global context.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Participation and discussion lead N/A 10% 2, 3, 5 1, 2, 3, 4
Annotated bibliography TBC 15% 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4
Paper outline TBC 10% 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4
Rough draft TBC 15% 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4
Research paper TBC 50% 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email
3 Individual feedback to be disseminated through Moodle
4 Individual review meeting upon appointment
5 Group review meeting
6 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by the convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

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Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit until is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by the convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

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