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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW3280 Media Law

20 creditsClass Size: 56

Module manager: Rebecca Moosavian

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

This module is not available to LLB students.

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW3197Media Freedom
LAW3198Media Freedom 1
LAW3199Media Freedom 2

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This course will be of interest to anyone considering working in the media at some point in the future as it seeks to provide a grounding in the sorts of legal issues which frequently confront journalists and broadcasters. Issues include privacy, defamation, contempt of court and others.


This module will introduce students to the core topics and underlying principles of media law. Students will learn how to apply and engage with statutes and cases from across a range of media law topics, including defamation and misuse of private information. Students will also be encouraged to consider the human rights implications of these areas, with particular focus on the Article 8 privacy right & the Article 10 right to free expression.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

(i) demonstrate a critical understanding of the main principles behind, and the mechanisms of media law; and

(ii) analyse issues and problems of a sort typically encountered in the media world and present cogently reasoned solutions thereto.


Introduction to Media Law
Introduction to English Legal System
Human rights: Article 10 (free expression) & Article 8 (privacy)
Contempt of Court
Copyright Law
Misuse of Private Information
Defamation Law

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning51.005.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
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. Further information regarding teaching delivery, particularly in relation to the seminar structure, will follow.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progression is monitored through their attendance.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 word80.00
In-course AssessmentAssessed sessions20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/05/2022 16:33:33


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