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Media Law and Ethics University of Westminster - Full Curriculum Program 2021/2022 Year - London

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Media Law and Ethics

Media Law and Ethics Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: University of Westminster
Location: London, England
Primary Subject Area: Media Studies
Instruction in: English
Course Code: 5JRNL002W
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 4


This module builds on the Level 4 module, Introduction to Journalism, in which students receive a brief introduction
to some of the key issues of media law and journalistic ethics. It sets out help students deepen their understanding
of the English legal system and how the legal environment affects the rights, duties and practices of journalists and
media workers in general. The module explores key concepts (defamation, copyright, obscenity, privacy, breach of
confidence, court reporting, contempt of court) and looks more generally at restrictions placed on freedom of
expression by the law. Students look at the different ethical codes and regulatory structures that apply to journalists
and media workers in the post-Leveson landscape and are encouraged to critique legal and extra-legal controls on
journalism and freedom of expression, with particular reference to the Human Rights Act and the impact of decisions
from the European Courts. Whilst the focus of the module is on the UK, students are also encouraged to look at the
international context and will have the opportunity to do a comparative analysis of legal systems and regimes where

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