Course Title: Law and Regulation for Communication

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Law and Regulation for Communication

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Judy Burnside-Lawry

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (03) 9925 3128

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with an introduction to those areas of law, regulation and ethics that may affect practitioners within communication industries in a constantly-changing environment.

You will investigate aspects of media law and regulation such as the regulatory bodies, intellectual property and defamation. You will examine the role of communication in helping organisations meet their legal and regulatory mandate.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse legal, regulatory and ethical considerations in various media and communication situations.
  • Examine and discuss the relevance and applicability of these considerations in divers communication industry contexts.
  • Identify and evaluate links between ethical conduct, common law, statute law and regulation, especially as it applies to the communication industry.
  • Advise stakeholders on the impact of proposed courses of action in a changing social, environmental and political environment.


In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Employ appropriate technical skills and theoretical knowledge to solve problems associated with the media and communication industries.
  • Critically reflect on your own work to demonstrate autonomy, good judgement and ethical responsibility.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face-to-face and online such as workshops, tutorials, group and class discussion, class activities and individual research.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Communication students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include presentations, projects and may be done individually and in teams.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: