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JN2310 - Media Law and Ethics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

Students examine in detail the legislative, ethical and common law constraints that operate on journalists and the media. They learn about laws of defamation, contempt and copyright, examine case studies; and explore some of the strategies employed by journalists to accommodate ethical and legal requirements while reporting the news effectively and responsibly.

Learning Outcomes

  • to acquire a working knowledge of the law as it relates to the practice of journalism;
  • to understand a range of ethical issues that confront working journalists.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of tertiary study at level 1.
Prerequisites: JN1004 OR JN1005 OR CU1020
IA2000 JN2000 JN2002 JN5000 JN5300 JN2300 JN3303 JN5303 JN5310


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Amy Forbes
Lecturer: Dr Marie Oelgemoeller.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 22 hours tutorials
  • 2 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.