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You invade my privacy; it’s nothing. I try to get it back; it’s a crime. You’ll never understand… it’s not that I have nothing to hide… I have nothing I want you to see. – THE GIRL, ANON

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

Welcome to Advanced Topics. This is part of your course syllabus. We will meet for the first time on Wednesday, January 17th at 330p in JH111. I will update this syllabus if I add something to the course or if something unexpected intervenes … like a hurricane or blizzard. You’ll need to keep current on course assignments and materials by reviewing this syllabus regularly for updates.

You should carefully review the entire course syllabus, calendar, deliverables, schedule, and any other materials included in this course site. You will find answers to any questions when you review the rest of the information contained on this site. If you have any questions after you’ve reviewed this syllabus and the rest of the course site, you can DM me in Teams to contact me.

Before We Meet

Before we meet, please click Before We Begin to complete some housekeeping items that include introducing yourself, agreeing to the learning contract, and completing your O365 profile by adding a headshot as your profile picture. Please bring a mask to every class meeting since we will be wearing masks during class.

Visit our Teams workspace. It would be best if you visited right away since all of our course communication will be via Teams, and I won’t be using email for our course communication in the future.


Managers face various legal challenges that can both help and hinder success. This course examines several advanced topics in the legal environment that will provide a foundation that will equip students to recognize the legal challenges they will encounter as managers. We will focus on issues related to information privacy law during this semester. While we will not turn students into lawyers, we will develop the legal knowledge and analytical skills that guide entrepreneurs in a complicated legal environment.

What Should You Expect?

The course’s subject matter is interesting, challenging, and timely. We will cover some very interesting topics that are particularly important in the 21st-century economy. We will use various digital platforms to interact with each other and the course materials.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to use a fundamentally different set of delivery modalities, e.g., in-person, HyFlex, hybrid, remote, synchronous, or not, or some combination of approaches to teaching and learning. We have met remotely, when necessary, to accomplish our work over these last several years. The use of remote modalities demands that we adjust our understanding of acceptable protocols for attendance and participation, whether a meeting or course attendance, engagement, and participation.

While working together using a digital platform, e.g., Teams, Zoom, Slack, etc., you must join the session with a live camera and muted mic. A live camera helps to create a sense of community and will help all of us to engage effectively during our discussions. If you only unmute your mic when speaking, we can avoid feedback, unsolicited input from family, pets, and others, and random noise. If your classmates cannot see or hear you, actively engaging in course meetings will be difficult. That will have negative implications for your grade results. Please look at the Protocols for Online Meetings and Classes for more information.

I will actively engage you using the Socratic Method in class and during our discussions outside class. You will better understand my class sessions after you read my perspective on Teaching and Learning.

Learning Objectives

This course is an elective required for those students who have decided to pursue the Minor in Legal Studies. The course will help prepare students to meet the legal and regulatory challenges and opportunities they can expect to encounter as managers of private and public businesses. The course provides a conceptual framework for understanding the various legal tools available to managers who evaluate and pursue opportunities. This course will not make you a lawyer. It will, however, help you develop insights into the law and help you handle the legal aspects of management.  This includes developing legal literacy, learning what to look for when selecting an attorney, and knowing when to call one.

Required Casebook

Information Privacy Law, 8 Ed., Solove, Daniel J. and Schwartz, Paul M., Aspen Publishing 2024 ISBN 979-8-8861-4335-5 (print) ISBN 979-8-8890-6572-2 (eBook). The print edition of the text may be available in the SHU bookstore. If it is unavailable there, you can purchase the print or eBook version of the text here.

Additional Materials

All of the course materials are available as links that you will find at ShannonWeb. I may assign additional materials for use in our course. I will post links to those materials in advance in the Course Schedule. Please check the syllabus regularly for updates.


Since you have reviewed my Course Policies, you already know my expectations about using technology in my courses. Participating in this course will require you to engage with several digital platforms. Be sure to carefully review the materials included in Writing on a Digital Platform and Writing and Research. Our communication and collaboration platform will be Teams. If you need to reach me or have questions, please DM in Teams. We use Teams video for our virtual office hours. You will prepare your writing assignments using digital platforms that will allow you to incorporate multimedia to enhance your text-based content. You will use resources as varied as a search engine (ChatGPT, Perplexity, GoogleDuckDuckGo, or Bing) and the resources available from our Walsh Library.

You are responsible for “figuring it out” regarding a project’s “how to” aspects. If you don’t know how to do something … “search for it”!

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

Course Policies

You are responsible for becoming 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.

Contact Me

Professor John H. Shannon

  • Office: 651 Jubilee Hall or Teams
  • Communications: Teams DM (preferred)
  • Office Hours: Mon & Wed, 10a – 1130a (click the link in your Teams Calendar to join Office Hours); also by appt, all office hours and other meetings will be held via Teams

We can schedule an alternative meeting time if you are unavailable during my office hours. As you know, our course communications platform is Teams. Please DM me in Teams with some days/times when you are available, and we can schedule a video conference in Teams.

I can be reached via any number of platforms … Teams (preferred), email, voice, or video. As a general rule, I am available if I am online. You can DM me in Teams or post a question to the Course Questions channel in our  Teams workspace. I will try to reply to any communications as soon as possible, but certainly no more than 24 hours after receipt. If you prefer a video conference (and who doesn’t?), please DM me with some convenient days/times, and we’ll set it up.

My office hours are subject to change every semester, so please check your course syllabus for my current office hours (see above). In the past, I have generally scheduled at least one hour a week using Teams video to accommodate those who have a conflict with my scheduled office hours. Since we are conducting all office hours and other meetings via Teams, and if you are unavailable to meet during my office hours, you can schedule an appointment for a video conference via Teams. I prefer video conferences because they give me more options when answering your questions.

That said, I carve out space for thoughtful consideration of life. The practical impact of that desire is to keep evenings and weekends clear for family, friends, and other forms of social interaction. If you are going to ping me late on a Friday, then I will get back to you on Monday unless it is an emergency … a REAL emergency.

When communicating with me, please include the following information: your name, the question or issue to be resolved, your course/section, and any other necessary information.

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