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Media Law and Ethics (MCC245)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 4
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, and consider the ethical issues for each of the communication professions.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. understand the role and function of the courts and tribunals;
2. apply your 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 judgment
5. take an ethical stand on an issue and argue for it
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour twice a week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed JOU345 Media, Law and Ethics or JOU324 Journalism: Professional and Legal Frameworks may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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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MCC245
Associate Professor Chris Smyth
Associate Professor Journalism

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6246
e: C.Smyth@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.019 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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