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2018/2019  KAN-CBUSV1704U  Digital Technologies - Regulation and Society (P)

English Title
Digital Technologies - Regulation and Society (P)

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
BUS Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Mads Bødker - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Information technology
  • Sociology
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 19-02-2018

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Learning objectives
  • Identify and critically assess some of the challenges that new technologies may pose for legal and regulatory orders, based on the literature discussed in the course
  • Discuss the relationship between technology, rights and societal values, based on the literature discussed in the course
  • Discuss the relationship between technology and society based on the literature discussed in the course
  • Apply theories, perspectives and concepts discussed in the course to formulate and analyze a problem concerning a specific digital technology and its relationship with regulation and society
Digital Technologies - Regulation and Society:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
References do not count in the 10-page limit
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

In times of technological breakthroughs such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Blockchain, to mention just a few, businesses have been struggling to find the best strategy to deal with new environments shaped by digital disruption.


On the backstage of corporate attempts to either surf or survive the digital wave, lie crucial debates on the relationship and interdependencies between regulation, technological innovation and society.


This course proposes an interdisciplinary and broad discussion on how technological development and innovation disrupts and challenges laws and regulations, while being at the same time shaped by them.


It departs from the assumption that regulation and technology may be not all that different, as both embed, promote and/or threaten the rights and values that societies hold dear.


Moreover, it proposes that, while regulators, law and policymakers are directly in charge of constructing and refining regulatory environments in the face of technological disruption, the normative debate on technology concerns society as a whole. 

Description of the teaching methods
The course consists mainly of lectures and in-class discussions, as well as group activities/discussions and presentations, which are to be held specially on the workshops.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will receive feedback during lectures and workshops. Additionally, they may receive feedback during office hours.
Student workload
Lectures and in-class discussions 24 hours
Workshops 12 hours
Preparation for class 122 hours
Exam, including preparation 48 hours
Expected literature

The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology.

Selected articles. Mainly in the following journals: Law, Innovation and Technology, Technology and Human Values.

Various articles from newspapers and magazines 

Last updated on 19-02-2018