2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
LAW3197 Media Freedom
20 creditsClass Size: 160
Module manager: Rebecca Moosavian
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is mutually exclusive with
|Media Freedom 1
|Media Freedom 2
Module replacesLAW3196 Human Rights and Media Wrongs
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesEnable 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.
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 i) Privacy and ii) Contempt of Court;
- 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 including the right to a fair trial, the right to freedom of religion and 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.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyThe online learning element is broken down into 15 minute tasks, there will be 20 x 15 minute tasks overall.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|2 x 1,500 word essays
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Candidates MUST attempt both essays. The highest score is your final mark for the course. Fuller details about the assessment are provided on the course.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 21/09/2022
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