Units of Study

MECO3603 - Media, Law and Ethics

Semester 1, 2012  |  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%), 1x2hr (2000wd equivalent) exam (40%), 1x800wd online posting (20%)


Course Reader of key articles available from the University Copy Centre.
Recommended textbooks:
Pearson, Mark and Polden, Mark (2011), The Journalist's Guide to Media Law, 4th Ed., Crows Nest, Allen and Unwin


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


12 junior credit points from MECO units plus one of the following (MECO1002, WRIT1001, WRIT1002, ENGL1025, ENGL1007)
Note: Students enrolling from 2010 should plan to take MECO1002 as per degree regulations



Additional Information

Available to BA (Media and Comm), BA (Media and Comm) /BLaws and BSc (Media and Comm) students only.

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