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Law of Communication (9424.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School



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    • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (179452) - View
    • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (167612) - View
    • Semester 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (151652) - View
    • Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (140272) - View

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    Underlying themes of the unit include the relationships between freedom of expression and the law, and media ethics and the law. Students will be introduced to some of the key contemporary issues facing the media, including the impact of the 2006 Uniform Defamation legislation, the protection of intellectual property rights, recent reforms to privacy legislation, and the challenges of the internet. The Unit will also look at the policy behind the way media content is currently regulated and consider whether the current law is sufficiently adapted to deal with some of the key contemporary issues.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. On successful completion of this unit, students will have an enhanced understanding of legal issues affecting the media and be able to apply this in a practical context. Students will develop greater awareness of legal risks and develop greater capacity for legal risk identification, risk assessment and risk management in relation to the production of media content.
    2. Students will be able to: 1. demonstrate an understanding of case law and statutory provisions relating to freedom of expression in Australia;
    3. 2. demonstrate an understanding of how the law impacts upon the work of communication professionals;
    4. 3. demonstrate an ability to analyse and identify legal issues and the legal principles that apply to concrete situations and to evaluate those legal principles.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week.


    Students must have successfully completed at least 18 credit points.



    Assumed Knowledge


    Incompatible Units

    Students who have completed unit 7098 Law of Communications cannnot enrol in this unit.

    Equivalent Units

    7098 Law of Communications.

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