Course Title: Media Law And Regulation

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 006108

Course Title: Media Law And Regulation

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Course Coordinator: Kevin McQuillan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925.2619

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 6.2.27

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course will examine the key laws and regulations which affect the media, and how they
affect people who work in communications, including journalists, broadcasters
and public relations professionals.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

“By the end of this course, students should have the knowledge of key areas of law that relate to Journalism, Public Relations and associated positions within the media. Students will have the skills to read court judgments, know where to access background information about key cases and key elements of law, have the confidence to visit courts and be knowledgeable about court functions, be able to write authoritatively about elements of the law as they relate to media activities.

Students should develop a sound basic understanding of both legal and self-regulatory restrictions on expression, the reasons for these restrictions, and how to produce quality professional work
within them.

It aims to give students a good understanding of the legal and self-regulatory structures which influence mass communication. There will be a focus on defamation and contempt of court laws, and their implications for communications professionals. Other areas of importance include privacy law, ethics, broadcasting law and intellectual property.

Overview of Learning Activities

The aims of the course will be achieved in a variety of ways, through formal lectures, providing information on the historical, social and economic context in which media law has evolved, group discussion and class activities, structured weekly reading, guest speakers, the use of selected multi-media material, including on-line material and assessment exercises designed to ensure that understand key concepts relating to media law and regulation are understood.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students are expected to read newspapers and be aware of pending court cases. Each lecture and Powerpoint Presentation will be available on the DLS. These will be available on the Monday before the Friday lecture.

Overview of Assessment

See Part B of this course guide.