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LX4561: MEDIA LAW (HONOURS) (2017-2018)

Last modified: 21 Mar 2017 13:40


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 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Catherine Ng

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

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

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?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

11 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

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.

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