DT&L Syllabus (315)

Prerequisite: BLAW2301, Legal Foundations of Business

Stillman’s Mission

… is to enrich each student’s life through an ethics-centered education focusing on transforming concepts into business practice.

Welcome to the Course

This section of ShannonWeb is your course syllabus. All of the materials required this semester are described here or linked from here. I will update this syllabus if I add something to the course or if something unexpected intervenes … like a hurricane or blizzard. Actually, it is quite likely that I will update the syllabus given the nature of the subject we are covering. It is your responsibility to remain current on course assignments and materials by reviewing this syllabus regularly for updates.

You should review this syllabus and the other materials included in this site carefully. You will find answers to any questions when you review the rest of the site. If you have any questions after you’ve reviewed the site and this syllabus, click here to contact me.

Before We Meet

We will meet for the first time on Monday, August 31st at 3:30p in JH111. Before we meet please click here to complete some housekeeping items.


This course will examine several of the many issues and challenges propelled by technology driven disruption. It is clear that the established order in business, and society more generally, faces unprecedented change as a result. The course will examine the implications of these disruptive technologies on the law. The course will be conducted on a face-to-face basis that will integrate a variety of digital tools and platforms.

Who Am I?

Professor John H. Shannon

  • Office: 651 Jubilee Hall
  • Email: john DOT shannon AT shu DOT edu
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed, 12:30p – 1:30p (JH651); Mon, 9:30a – 10:30a (Google+); also by appt

You will find additional information about my availability here.

What Should I Expect?

I am not entirely sure what you should expect. As I have noted elsewhere, this is an experimental course that covers a rapidly changing subject matter using technology platforms that are unfamiliar (at least some of them). That said, the subject matter of the course is interesting, challenging and very timely. We will investigate several emerging and disruptive technologies and the legal and regulatory challenges presented by them. We will use a variety of digital platforms to interact with each other and the course materials. I will actively engage you through the use of the Socratic Method, both in class and during our discussions outside class. You will have a better sense of my class sessions after you read my perspective on Teaching and Learning.

Course Communications

We are using Slack as our communications and collaboration platform so Slack is the medium you should use when engaging with DT&L issues. If you need to discuss something we can meet in person during my office hours, via G+ hangout or you can DM me in Slack.

If you completed the deliverables you found here then you are already part of our Slack team.

Learning Objectives

This course is an elective for those students who are pursuing the Minor in Legal Studies. It is clear that the established order in business, and society more generally, faces unprecedented change propelled by a range of technology driven disruptions. The course will examine the implications of these disruptive technologies on the law. The objective is not to teach business students how to think like lawyers, but rather to teach students how to become more legally astute so they can handle with confidence the legal aspects of management.

Required Course Text

There are no required texts for this course. All of the materials required this semester are described in or linked from this syllabus.

Additional Materials

The subject matter of this course is regularly evolving. I will undoubtedly add materials as we progress through the semester. I will post links to those materials in advance in the Course Schedule. Please check the syllabus regularly for updates.


You are already familiar with my expectations about the use of technology in my courses. Your participation in this course will require you to engage with a number of different digital platforms. You will communicate using email and Google+, and perhaps others. You will prepare your writing assignments using digital platforms that will allow you to incorporate multimedia that will enhance your text based content. You will use resources as varied as a search engine (GoogleDuckDuckGo or Bing) and also the resources available from our own Walsh Library.

You are responsible for “figuring it out” when it comes to the “how to” aspects of a project. If you don’t know how to do something … “Google it!

Many of my students have told me that “figuring it out” was both an unexpected and beneficial experience and a critical learning outcome.

Course Policies

It is your responsibility to become familiar with my Course Policies including in class performance; attendance, preparation & participation; assignments; course communication; assessment and plagiarism. Please review them carefully.

As in the law … ignorance (of the Course Policies) is not an excuse.


The following weights will be assigned to each component of your final grade:

  • Attendance, Preparation & Participation
    • Assessed as an Individual (30%)
  • Meditations
    • Assessed as an Individual (20%)
  • Project and Presentation
    • Assessed as a Team (50%)

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