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LS4561: MEDIA LAW (HONOURS) (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27


Course Overview

Through a series of seminars, this course engages students with a body of ‘media law’ which covers topics such as the freedom of the press, freedom of expression, access to information, open justice principle on the one hand, and on the other hand, obscene publications, defamation, right to fair trial, right to privacy, and right of publicity.  The focus is on the regulation of media contents.  While the course follows the relevant current developments in the law, it also lays the foundation and the broader social and historical contexts within which these developments take place.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Catherine Ng

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • LS1521 Public Law and Human Rights (Passed)
  • Law (LS) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims: The course aims to develop an in-depth knowledge and critical appreciation of some current issues in media law, including human right laws, privacy, publicity, intellectual property and related rights; and to develop certain intellectual and transferable skills. Main Learning Outcomes: The course aims to develop an in-depth knowledge and critical appreciation of some current issues in media law, including human right laws, privacy, publicity, intellectual property and related rights; and to develop certain intellectual and transferable skills. Content: This course considers certain current issues in media law. Topics discussed will include the tensions among the conflicting interests within media law. The course will draw from paradigms in human rights law such as that governing the freedom of the press, personal privacy, intellectual property and related rights. The application of these paradigms will be tested against recent cases which have gained notoriety in the press. This course will offer analytical tools for a critical understanding of the law which underpins those and similar cases.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

None.

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 3,000 word essay (33.3%), 1 two-hour examination (66.6%). Resit: None.

Formative Assessment

MA Legal Studies students must write one non-counting essay of approximately 1,000 words.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided on the feedback form within three weeks from the date of submission.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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