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Undergraduate Course: Media Law (LAWS10093)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is concerned with the law relating to the communications media in this country. First, the media will be discussed in a historical and social context, with examination of the types, ownership and financing of media institutions, and exploration of the motives and means of regulation. Secondly, there will be consideration of the special regimes and laws which affect the media, including the laws applying to theatre, cinema, video, broadcasting and the press, and other mechanisms for quality control and accountability. Thirdly, there will be an examination of the limits on the scope of communication imposed by the general law, in order to protect public interests (such as reputation, confidentiality and privacy).
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Public Law of the UK and Scotland (LAWS08123) AND Public Law and Individual Rights (LAWS08132)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  26
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 38, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 351 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay (30%) and exam (70%)
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. This course is concerned with the law relating to the mass communications media in this country. It has these learning objectives:
  2. A. To develop knowledge and understanding of - (i) the special regimes and laws for the mass media; (ii) the limits on communications which are imposed by the general law in protection of public interests or personal interests; (iii) the types, ownership, and financing of media institutions, the context in which laws and regulation operate, and other mechanisms of control and accountability.
  3. B. In so doing, to develop students' abilities and skills in respect of - (i) use of legal materials, and legal reasoning; (ii) appreciation of law in its context; (iii) evaluation and criticism of law; (iv) legal research, in part so that the knowledge and understanding gained may be applied and adapted in future; and (v) transferable skills: (a) communication skills, oral and in writing; (b) intellectual skills, of collecting, organising, evaluating, synthesising and presenting material and arguments; (c) general skills, in managing time, working independently, and taking responsibility for their own work.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The first seminar will take place on Tuesday 4pm - 6pm. During Semester One in Room 1.17 Dugald Stewart building; and
During Semester Two in Room G.05, 50 George Square.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Rachael Craufurd-Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 2061
Course secretaryMs Tracy Noden
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053
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