Course contents


This is a module under the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence 'Consumers and SMEs in the Digital Single Market' (Digi-ConSME)

The Centre is financed by the European Union and recognized as centre of excellence.

The module aims to provide students with essential knowledge about the theoretical rationales and policy arguments for both privacy and data protection legislation. Data protection is a pervasive issue affecting most sectors. Therefore, the module will be suitable for students of all disciplines across the University (e.g. computer science, economics, social sciences, medicine, engineering, law).

Generally, the module will cover the following areas:

- Historical and social origins of privacy and data protection;

- concepts of privacy and basic principles of privacy law;

- concept of data protection and basic principles of EU data protection law (GDPR);

- nature and scope of such rights;

- procedures, both national and supranational, for the granting and recognition of the rights (supervision and enforcement);

- Case studies and the commercial side of data protection law;

- Case studies and fundamental/human right side of privacy and data protection;

- data protection, IT law and IP law;

- EU data protection and the relationship between the EU and third countries;

- Selected privacy and data protection legal frameworks outside the EU (e.g. the US, ASEAN, China).


The module provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

A Knowledge and Understanding

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale underlying the protection of privacy and personal data, as well as the underlying rights at national, EU, and international level

2. Demonstrate an understanding and an ability to apply knowledge of privacy and data protection rights to a number of areas of law, as well as complex problem and essay questions.

B Cognitive (thinking) Skills

3. Demonstrate an ability to analyse the relevant law.

4. Demonstrate an ability to assess critically, where relevant, the law and policy underlying it.

C Other Skills and Attributes (Practical/Professional/Transferable)

5. Demonstrate ability to research and assemble information and materials that are relevant to the law and policy.

6. Demonstrate an ability to produce a structured, logical, analytical and accurately referenced synthesis of relevant materials.

7. Demonstrate an ability to present cogent written arguments.


The method of assessment will be coursework or project. Students will be asked to write a research-based essay on data protection applied to an agreed area of law or technology.

The module will engage invited international guest speakers (academics and/or practitioners).