After an introductory section, which will provide a grounding in theory and policy issues to do with freedom and power of the press, the topic will cover a range of selected issues where the law is of particular concern to the media. Examples of issues likely to be covered are: contempt sub judice; broadcasting regulation, including Australian and children's content standards; classification of films, publications and computer games; internet regulation; journalist's ethics; advertising standards. The topic does not cover defamation or intellectual property. There will be an emphasis on active learning and class contribution, in the form of student-led seminars. Students will also complete a group project on an aspect of media law in an overseas jurisdiction.
This topic aims to assist students to:
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