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2012/13 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
COMM3631 Media Law
20 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Dr Paul Wragg
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2012/13
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students will be able to:
- demonstrate and articulate both orally and in writing an understanding of the key elements of broadcasting law in the UK;
- use their knowledge of broadcasting law to provide solutions to problems of a legal nature frequently encountered in the media world;
- demonstrate independent and critical thought in relation to broadcasting law matters;
- research broadcasting law topics using legal materials, computer-based resources and other materials.
This module commences by outlining the key features and terminology of the English legal system, after which the broad constitutional framework of broadcasting law in the United Kingdom is examined. Of particular interest is the manner in which claims to freedom of speech have been treated in the constitution both pre and post the Human Rights Act 1998.
Reference will also be made to the treatment of free speech claims in the US Constitution and international treaties such as the European Convention on Human Rights.
The rest of the module is focused upon an in-depth study of some central laws restricting media freedom, such as the laws relating to contempt, defamation (libel and slander) and the variety of legal devices used to protect privacy-type interests in domestic law. Reference to the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 will be made at all appropriate junctures.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||178.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackFormative practice exam question week 7
Methods of assessment
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||3 hr||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 08/05/2013
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