Digital Europe

leusl2113  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Digital Europe
5 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
The course deals with the EU policies ' research agenda and regulation - aimed at fostering and shaping the digital economy and society. In particular, the course deals with (1) the digital networks, (2) the digital services and platforms offered on those networks and (3) the new challenges raised by the rapid development of the Internet of Things, Big Data and artificial intelligence.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


The aims of the course are to (1) understand the main EU policies regarding the digital economy and society from an interdisciplinary perspective (insights from the law, economics and anthropology), (2) articulate the relationships between the research agenda and the regulation promoted by the European Commission, (3) specify, and critically reflect upon, the values and objectives underpinning those policies.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
- The Digital Single Market and its economic, legal and ethical rationale;
- European research for digital innovation: Horizon 2020 agenda  related to digital technologies  and its  socio-ethical framework ; responsible research and innovation (RRI);
- Policy and regulation of digital networks: regulatory incentives and state financing to stimulate fixed and mobile broadband deployment (fibre, 5G), relationship between traditional network providers and app players, including net neutrality;
- Policy and regulation of digital platforms: sharing economy, licensing, liability, taxation;
- Policy and regulation of big data and artificial intelligence: governance of data-driven societies, ethical and social challenges raised by the development of artificial intelligence and robotics, regulation by technological design.
Evaluation methods
Active participation during the sessions of the course and redaction of an end-of-term essay.
Other information
A list of compulsory readings and additional background materials will be provided at the beginning of the course.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Ethics

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in European Studies

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in Translation

Master [120] in Law

Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in Information and Communication Science and Technology

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in Law (shift schedule)

Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Advanced Master in Visual Cultures

Master [60] in History

Master [120] in Interpreting

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] in Journalism

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in Linguistics

Advanced Master in European Law

Specialised master in European Business and Economic Policy