Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code BCM 113
Subject Name Media Ethics and Law
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites None.
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Essay - Written Assignment: Essay 30% Journal/Blog - Blog 30% Exam 40%
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (04-03-2019 to 27-06-2019)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 1hr lecture, 2hr tutorial per week
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Steinar Ellingsen
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Steinar Ellingsen
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2019

Subject Description
All people working in communications require a solid understanding of the legal and ethical minefields they may face. This subject provides you with a strong introduction to a range of topics, including defamation and contempt, trespass, race-hate laws, copyright, privacy and even the use of drones. But it is not just the law that we need to be aware of. Today, increasingly communicators need to be aware of the language they use and how this can impact on people, be it social media users, or people working in other, more traditional, media platforms, including print and broadcast. This is the ethical dimension and it can manifest itself when we are considering the language we employ to talk about people with disabilities, particular racial, ethnic or religious groups, or other groups within society. Ethical issues arise whenever we choose photographs or video images to splice into our stories or even private conversations. As professional communicators we need to be aware of the damage that a wrong or misguided decision can have on a personís reputation or mental well-being. In this subject you will be equipped with the tools required to address these and other questions you may confront while working in a position that involves communicating with people.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Understand and be able to discuss ethical issues as they apply to communication and media in its various forms (across print, broadcast and online)
2. Understand critical legal issues, including defamation, contempt of court and other pitfalls that might impact on media outputs
3. Understand and be able to discuss the interplay between media law and ethics. Be able to write authoritatively about these issues in both an academic and practical way

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