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TLS_0309 Introduction to the Law and Information Society 4 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Academic year 2017-2018 Professor Juha Lavapuro, academic year 2016-2017 professor Juha Lavapuro and professor Tuomas Mylly


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Internet

General description

Understanding the implications of the Internet and other information technologies for law requires a broad understanding of not only some particular area of law, or law in general, but of the relationship between law and society. How the increasing centrality of the Internet in individual lives, the civil society, businesses and the government shapes society and law? How that shaping is produced by law, and how the law responds to the particular problems and possibilities brought by the networked world? Building on an understanding that Internet and information society developments are fundamentally linked to political, social, legal, cultural, and economic transformations in society, this course provides the students with a basic understanding about these connections as well as about the ways in which Internet Law is conceptualized and how it treats such issues.

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student should:
- Understand the factors facilitating the societal and legal changes in information society
- Recognize a variety of interdisciplinary approaches to information society in general and to the Internet in particular
- Be able to discuss about the relationship between law and information society from the perspective of different disciplines


- Implications of the Internet for law and networked societies
- Technological And Regulatory Histories And Futures
- Networked Politics And Governments
- Networked Businesses, Industries and Economies

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 12 h 0 h
Independent work

Approximately 12 contact hours. The teaching is based on a hybrid lecture/reading circle model. The lectures are based on course materials and students are expected to be able to discuss them during the course meetings.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Study journal / learning diary
  • In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Structured learning diary with assignments. Performance in and preparation for the course meetings may improve the grade by +1.

Study materials

Savin, Andrej and Trzaskowski, Jan (eds): Research Handbook in EU Internet Law (Edward Elgar, 2014), as instructed, , available electronically in the Turku library databases.

Lessig, Lawrence: Code. Version 2.0. (Basic  Books 2006), as instructed. Available under CC-license from the Internet.

Handouts and materials assigned for the lectures (e.g. case-law), about 150 p.

Further information

SELECTION CRITERIA: Participation is limited to 20 students. The course is an obligatory part of the Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society (LIS). Students enrolled in the LIS have priority in the selections.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Compulsory courses (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
Turku Law School