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Media Law and Ethics (COM245)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description All professional communicators need to be aware of their legal and ethical rights, obligations and responsibilities. This unit examines the laws affecting journalists, public relations practitioners and editors in Australia. It will engage students in the ethical issues that face communicators on the job on all media platforms.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Understand the role and function of the courts and tribunals;
2. Apply their knowledge of the court system in order to report proceedings
3. Understand the laws of defamation and other laws sufficient to know when a story is risky to publish or not, and why.
4. Use the regulations and codes of ethics to assist in ethical judgement
5. Take an ethical stand on an issue and argue for it
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences There are formal lectures on ethics and media law and regulation. Student presentations in tutorials will stimulate discussion on set topics covering the range of issues in lectures and texts. Students will be required to attend a court or tribunal and then report back to class. As with other journalism units, students will be encouraged to keep abreast of the news and analyse the ethical and legal considerations in gathering and conveying news.
Other Learning Experiences Students will attend a public court and report on proceedings for assessment.
Assessment Court story (30%) Presentation (30%) will demand students investigate a question and report to class, prompting discussion (includes a 500-word, hand-in summary). Test (40%) covering all aspects of the unit.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC245/JOU245 Media Law and Ethics may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Journalism (BCommun) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
COM245
Mrs Deborah Williams
Associate Lecturer in Strategic Communication

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2850
e: Deborah.Williams@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.060 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
COM245

DUBAI-ISC: TJD-Internal
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Mrs Deborah Williams
Associate Lecturer in Strategic Communication

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2850
e: Deborah.Williams@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.060 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
COM245

DUBAI-ISC: TSD-Internal
Ms Mia Brankov
Associate Lecturer in Journalism

e: Mia.Brankov@murdoch.edu.au
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