Postgraduate taught 

Information Management & Preservation MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Law, Information Governance and Collections INFOST5019

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides students with an understanding of the various ways in which the law regulates and shapes corporate information governance and the work of cultural institutions, such as archives, libraries, museums and galleries. The course will focus primarily on copyright, data protection, freedom of information, public records legislation, open data and the re-use of public sector information within a national and European context. The course will include a brief overview of private sector corporate governance and regulatory requirements and the links with recordkeeping as well as international disputes and legal cases on the repatriation of archives and cultural objects.


2 hour seminar per week x 10 weeks

Excluded Courses





Essay (2,500 words) - 50%

Essay (2,500 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ develop the analytical and critical skills of students by detailed examination of the relevant legislation, conventions and case law;

■ develop the oral communication skills of students through the use of both staff-led and student-led seminars;

■ provide students with an understanding of some of the practical applications of the law as it impacts corporate information governance and the work of cultural institutions;

■ foster critical understanding and evaluation of areas of controversy and current legal debates within this domain;

■ encourage independent learning

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ critically appraise the nature, relevance and scope of relevant UK law as it relates to corporate information governance and cultural institutions;

■ identify the aims and principles underpinning the legal regime as it impacts corporate information governance and the work of cultural institutions;

■ identify, contextualise and evaluate new developments in this field;

■ evaluate and criticise constructively these approaches, and their limitations, with reference to the interests of corporate bodies, cultural institutions and their users;

■ establish a critical awareness of the EU and international context within which the law is developing in this domain.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.