Privacy in a Liberal Democracy

    EX 1111 is offered this fall:

Defines and explains the con­cept of pri­va­cy in a lib­er­al democ­ra­cy. Pri­va­cy con­cepts and prin­ci­ples are explored and dis­cussed through an exam­i­na­tion of the Fed­er­al Per­son­al Infor­ma­tion Pro­tec­tion and Elec­tron­ic Doc­u­ments Act (PIPE­DA). Key pri­va­cy issues fac­ing pri­va­cy leg­is­la­tion admin­is­tra­tors are also reviewed. Pre­req­ui­site: EXI­APP 8171

Course at a glance

Course at a glance

  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Aimed at individuals interested in pursuing a career in access and privacy, and professionals in a wide range of areas, such as federal, provincial, and municipal government employees; human resources professionals; lawyers and legal professionals; publicity and marketing staff; and records management professionals.
What you will learn

  • Courses in the IAPP program equip students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to help them become effective information rights administrators, including access and privacy administration, best practices, and exercising sound judgement.


Sep 13, 2021Dec 10, 2021
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

40 hours of instruction

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Laurence Kearley

Your Instructor

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Laurence Kearley worked as Senior Legal Counsel and as Director of Legal Services and General Counsel with the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada from 1998 until his retirement in 2011. He holds a Master’s of Law degree in International Law, specializing in the international protection of privacy. Laurence has written extensively in the fields of freedom of information and privacy law. He is the recipient of the Faculty of Extension’s “Excellence in Innovation and Design for Lifelong Learning Award” and the IAPP program’s award for “Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to the Field of Access and Privacy in Alberta and Canada.” He is the current president of the Canadian Access and Privacy Association.

Class info
Take note:

  • This course is composed of six modules; each module is guided by an expert instructor over a two-week period.
  • Assessment activities include a mid-term exam, an academic paper, and a final written piece where students summarize what they have learned.
  • All learning materials are provided through eClass at no additional cost.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

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EX 1111 is offered this fall: