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LX4561: MEDIA LAW (HONOURS) (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


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,the right to fair trail, right to privacy, right of publicity, right against defamation, and the regulation of obscene publications.  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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Catherine W. 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?

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, and paradigms in 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.

Course learning outcomes: Students are expected to gain a working knowledge of certain laws which govern the mass media.  These laws include aspects of human right laws, intellectual property and related laws, laws governing the right of privacy and the right of publicity.  When encountering a factual scenario, students are expected to be able to apply their knowledge of the relevant law to recognise the legal issues involved, to analyse the underlying legal principles, and to formulate and articulate their arguments in respect of the various positions taken within the factual scenario.  Students are also expected to be able to critically analyse the laws in view of the competing interests that underpin them.

Students are expected to hone their analytical, critical, and communications skills through guided class discussions, their class essay, and other assessed and non-assessed exercises.  In particular, the course will develop transferable skills such as:  - analysing complex legal issues, researching, constructing, presenting, critiquing, and defending relevant legal arguments; problem solving, writing, and time and project management. 


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 39

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2x 2500 word essay 50% each

 

Resit: resubmission of failed elements

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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