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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

COMM3631Media Law
LAW3198Media Freedom 1
LAW3199Media Freedom 2
LAW3280Media Law

Module replaces

LAW3196 Human Rights and Media Wrongs

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 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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning51.005.00
Private study hours176.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The online learning element is broken down into 15 minute tasks, there will be 20 x 15 minute tasks overall.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2 x 1,500 word essays100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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 list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/09/2022


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