Module code: LAW3140

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the key legal and ethical issues associated with privacy and data governance, as well as to the methods of analysis of those issues used both in law and in ethics. The module makes use of the case study method to introduce students to legal and ethical legal questions through discussion of relevant major incidents from recent years. The module helps students develop their thinking on how to translate abstract ethical reasoning into law and business practice.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

BARCZENTEWICZ Mikolaj (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 47

Seminar Hours: 33

Guided Learning: 60

Captured Content: 10

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Foundational ethical and philosophical questions around privacy and control of personal data

  • UK privacy and data protection law

  • Main problems in online content regulation (e.g. social media)

  • Artificial intelligence and data law

  • Fundamentals of data security (cybersecurity) and its legal regulation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Online 4 HOUR ONLINE EXAM 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of module learning outcomes in respect of knowledge gained, critical/analytical ability and skills acquired. The assessment addresses all learning outcomes listed above.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Final exam (4 hour online exam)

Formative assessment and feedback
- Formative (mock) exam.
- Individual and general feedback provided to students.
- Other formative exercises may be set in or outside class.

Module aims

  • Provide students with an understanding of the key legal and ethical issues associated with privacy and data governance
  • Enable students to apply the methods of reasoning and analysis of those issues used in law and in ethics.
  • Expose students to the challenges of interdisciplinary thinking about privacy and data governance.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate their understanding of the basic legal and ethical issues associated with privacy and data governance. KC
002 Formulate and communicate their views of those issues backed up by appropriate argument and evidence. CPT
003 Critically analyse statements on legal and ethical requirements associated with privacy and data governance. KCPT
004 Use and critically engage with academic sources related to privacy and data governance law and ethics. KCPT
005 Apply and critically assess legal frameworks on privacy and data applicable in different commercial and governmental contexts KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Seminars will expose students to the complexities of each topic, evaluating and examining key theories in more depth and through the application of knowledge to real and hypothetical scenarios.  The teaching strategy is also designed to encourage independent study and research.  Students will be provided with preliminary reading references but will be expected to undertake additional research into each topic independently.  During seminars students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to apply that research to discuss given legal and ethical problems, to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and proposing solutions to such problems, and to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in relevant areas.

The learning and teaching methods include: 11 weeks of 3-hour seminars.

The module delivery is supplemented by guidance provided via the SurreyLearn module area and consultation hours during the Semester.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: LAW3140

Other information

The School of Law is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas:

Employability: The knowledge, understanding, qualities and skills that are developed through module seminars and assessments, provide students with the opportunity to develop important transferable skills required for future employment and professional identity, such as digital lawyering skills, adaptability, resilience, written communication skills, and time-management skills.

Digital Capabilities: This module places a special focus on the relationship between law and technology. Students develop skills in using technology for legal analysis, which is necessary in the field of privacy and data governance. Students develop analytical skills to solve complex problems, developing an understanding of both the theoretical and practical implications of technology on the law of privacy.

Global and Cultural Capabilities: This module allows students to gain global and cultural awareness, such as the different approaches to privacy regulation across major jurisdictions (the EU, the U.S., China). Students acquire an insight into the global social, legal and economic implications of data-processing technologies.

Sustainability: Students examine whether data-processing technology systems create a sufficiently robust, ethical and sustainable solution and explore the moral and ethical issues related to privacy protection.

Resourcefulness and Resilience: Law students will develop resourcefulness and resilience through embracing academic opportunities and the methodology adopted in this module. Students will actively participate during interactive seminars and assume responsibility to improve their learning. The module seminars and the assessment encourage students to think critically and to carry out research to address complex issues. This develops students’ approach to deeper level of understanding and independent learning.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law (Law and Technology Pathway) LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law (Philosophy, Politics and Law Pathway) LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law (Law, Environment and Sustainability Pathway) LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2025/6 academic year.