Media Law

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Media Law

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides an overview of legal constraints on public speech, along with an outline of law as it impacts on the Australian media environment. This will include consideration of privacy, disclosure, contempt, defamation and copyright within the context of an information society.
     
    Course Introduction
    Everyone using social media is now a publisher and is subject to a range of legal risks. This course provides an overview of legal constraints on public speech and publication in both traditional and social media platforms, along with an outline of areas of law that create obligations with impact on professional communicators. This will include consideration of laws about privacy, disclosure, contempt, defamation and intellectual property. It explores the legal limitations facing journalists, bloggers, social media users and corporate communicators as well as the strategies they might use to assess legal risks and publish with more confidence.
     
    Course Aims
    This course provides an overview of legal constraints on professional communication in the digital era, along with an outline of areas of law that create obligations with impact on journalists, corporate communicators, bloggers and social media users. This will include consideration of laws about confidentiality, privacy, disclosure, contempt, defamation and intellectual property.
     
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Analyse basic legal constraints on public communication using traditional, digital and social media formats;
    2. Apply elementary principles of defamation, contempt and intellectual property law as they apply to public communication; and
    3. Discuss the relationships between key legal institutions and the media.
    4. Source and interpret relevant literature to support your argument in the critical analysis of key aspects of media law

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.