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Law and the Media

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: LAW20024

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit explains laws regulating and enabling speech and publication including those about defamation; racial, religious and other forms of discrimination and vilification; classifying and moderating media content; social media platforms’ terms of use; employment law; court reporting and contempt; radio frequency spectrum management. This unit also demonstrates ways of understanding media law problems from different perspectives, including a business perspective. Students will also understand a rapidly changing and increasingly important field of law through a focus on topical issues.


Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate the laws regulating and enabling speech and publication in terms of their impact on the media
  • Assess when and how to publish contentious material
  • Describe and assess the constraints imposed on the media in reporting
  • Research and apply aspects of media law to effectively advise clients on the publication of media material.