Units of Study

MECO6902 - Legal & Ethical Issues in Media Practice

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Timothy Dwyer


MECO6902 will introduce students to key legal and ethical issues relevant to journalism and the professional fields of public communication. Students will be given an introductory survey of the main ethical theories in Western thought to establish a framework within which to examine specific ethical issues that relate to media. They will also be introduced to the structure of Australia's legal system and to those aspects of the law that impinge on the work of media professionals.


1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x1000wd presentation (20%), 1x1000wd online comment piece (30%), participation (10%)


Recommended reading:
Beal, E. and Beattie, S. (2007) Connect and Converge: Australian Media and Communications Law, Oxford University Press, Melbourne


1x2-hr seminar/week

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