MDIA 2301 - Media Policy and Media Law
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 2301 Course Media Policy and Media Law Coordinating Unit Media Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 Arts courses or equivalent, including 3 units in Media Incompatible MDIA 2202 Restrictions Available to BMedia students only Course Description This course examines the various media law, policy and regulatory frameworks in Australia that affect media establishments and how they enhance or constrain media institutions and the public in their communication activities. It will also examine the media regulatory frameworks of other countries. The course will examine the success or failure of existing media policy and regulations in a technologically dynamic media environment.
Course Coordinator: Dr Ying JiangCourse Coordinator: Dr Ying Jiang
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Understand how Australian media laws and regulations compare with those of other nations 2 Understand how media policies and regulations enable or constrain effective media environments 3 Understand the obligations and rights of media practitioners in the execution of their duties 4 Understand some of the problems and limitations of applying old media laws in new media evironments 5 Become more skilled in critical thinking and case analysis 6 Become more skilled in evaluating the relevance and appropriateness of regulatory frameworks 7 Be able to appreciate the complex issues associated with media regulation 8 Be able to research and evaluate media products and policies 9 Understand changing media landscapes and their possible legal implications
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesA textbook must be purchased.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes1 x 2 hour lecture each week
3 hours reading each week in which the content from the lecture is elaborated
1x1 hour tutorial each week in which interactive learning in small groups applies the knowledge to a series of case studies
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS 1x2-hour lecture per week 24 hours per week 1x1-hour tutorial per week 12 hours per week 3 hours reading per week 36 hours per week 4 hours research per week 48 hours per week 3 hours assignment preparation per week 36 hours per week TOTAL=156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Welcome, Course Overview Week 2 Basic Concepts in Media Law and Regulations Week 3 Freedom of Information Week 4 Offensive Publications Week 5 Privacy Week 6 Contempt of Court Week 7 Defamation Week 8 Copyright and Intellectual Property Week 9 Media Ownership and Control Week 10 Regulation of Content & Classification Board Week 11 Media and National Security Week 12 Course Review and Closure
Specific Course RequirementsThere are no specific course requirements.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents will work in smaller groups in tutorials and lectures with the Course Coordinator or senior academic to analyse cases for each topic. Each assignment requires students to conduct independent research about the legal environment and media industry and prepare reports on their findings using a variety of online platforms.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Online tests Formative and Summative
Formative and Summative Week 6 30% LO4,5,6,7,8 Final essay Formative and Summative Week 12 40% LO1,2,4,5,6,7,9 Attendance and participation Formative weekly 10% LO5,6,7,8
Assessment Related RequirementsAll students are expected to work consistently outside of class hours, both on assignments and in preparing for and reflecting on the topics for both tutorials and their major essay/project.
Assessment 01: E-tests
Three online tests will be available on MyUni, the questions are based on the textbook this course is using.
Assessment 02: Research/Project proposal and literature review
Length: 1000- 1500 words max
Assessment 03: Attendance and participation
Tutorial attendance is worth 10%.
Assessment 04: Final essay/project
Length: 2000 words or project equivalent
SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted in accordance with details in the MPML Course Guide.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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