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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW3198 Media Freedom 1

10 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Paul Wragg

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

COMM3631Media Law
LAW3197Media Freedom
LAW3280Media Law

Module replaces

This module will run alongside LAW3197 as a 10 credit semester 1 only version to allow Study Abroad Students to enrol.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


Enable participants to engage with the ethical issues relating to media freedom, particularly those arising from the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics, culture and practices of the press.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand, analyse and apply the relevant legal and extra-legal rules governing issues relating to media freedom (including the traditional press and new media) in the UK in the context of Privacy;
- critically evaluate those rules within the context of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998;
- demonstrate enhanced research skills in the location and analysis of relevant case and statutory materials and extra-legal rules.


This module takes as its central theme the right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the UK and the interaction of these rights with other rights guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights particularly the right to privacy. These issues are often highlighted through the actions of the media. With reference to case law and legal theory, the course enquires into the extent of media freedom (including new media) in the context of privacy law and the administration of justice and to consider government proposals to regulate these interactions, including the recommendations of the Leveson Report.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Seminar preparation
Required reading before lectures
Reading and preparation for both seen examinations

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Practice exam during the semester.
Performance in seminars, which will contain essay-style questions typical of the exam with the opportunity to understand the format and expectations of the exam within the seminar.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkBlog 1 x 1,500 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

For the blog, candidates will be given 48 hours to independently research and prepare an answer to an essay-style question.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/07/2019


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