Units of Study

MECO3603 - Media, Law and Ethics

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Steven Maras


MECO3603 will introduce students to the area of Media, Law and Ethics through discussion of key legal, ethical, and cultural 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 those aspects of the law that impinge on the work of media professionals.


1x1700wd essay (40%), 1x2-hr (2000wd equivalent) exam (40%), 1x800wd online posting (20%)


Course Reader of key articles available from the University Copy Centre
Recommended textbooks:
Catharine Lumby and Elspeth Probyn, Eds. Remote Control: New Media, New Ethics, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2003
Mark Pearson, The Journalist's Guide to Media Law: Dealing with Legal and Ethical Issues. 3rd Edition. Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest, 2007
Further information will be available in the unit of study outline


1x2-hr lecture/week and 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 junior credit points of MECO units plus one of the following (WRIT1001, WRIT1002, ENGL1025, ENGL1007)



Additional Information

Available to BA (Media and Comm) and BSc (Media and Comm) students only. Students wishing to enrol should see Steven Maras (unit of study coordinator) or Marc Brennan (undergraduate coordinator).

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