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JN2300 - Media Law

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

Students examine in detail the legislative 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 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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion.
Assumed
Knowledge:
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: JN1004 OR JN1005 OR CU1020
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
IA2000 JN2000 JN2002 JN5000 JN5300

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
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.