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International Media Law (LLB304)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Description This unit examines Media Law in an international context, exploring key issues such as media and its relationship with freedom of speech, terrorism, copyright, criminal law and the protection of minors. Through a study of the history of media and communications, the presence of media in international bodies such as the European Union and the United Nations and within Australia itself through the Constitution and other legislation, the unit explores the global complexity of a nowadays-quotidian aspect of the modern world.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon the successful completion of this unit, you should be able to:
1) Provide a basic overview of Australian and international Media Law;
2) Demonstrate a critical understanding of the importance of the media and the extent of its' influence in the modern world;
3) Explain connections between modern technological developments and the adaptation of law
4) Discuss the influence of change of political mainstream and technology into the protection of human rights and day to day activities
5) Provide an overview of the concept of privacy in national and international contexts
Timetabled Learning Activities 6 x 4 hour lecture blocks that will be spaced across a segment of the Semester.
Unit Learning Experiences The Unit will be a mixture out of basic introductory lecturing, group work, private study, student presentations and assignments.
This unit will be delivered in 6 x 4 hour blocks, spaced across a segment of the semester. The spacing of the classes will allow for the students to complete preparatory work before each class, so that class time can be better utilised.
Assessment Assessment in this unit will consist of:
30% Group work with short presentation
30% assignment
40% final exams at the end of the semester
Prerequisites BJU100 Australian Legal System
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus)
Law + Commerce [Combined] (LLB)+(BCom)
Law + Communication [Combined] (LLB)+(BCommun)
Law + Criminology [Combined] (LLB)+(BCrim) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
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.


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Professor Lisa Young

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6061
e: L.Young@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.021 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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