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Postgraduate Course: International and European Media Law (LAWS11348)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn substantive terms, the course will examine the impact of International and European law on, firstly, the structure of media markets and, secondly, the content of media services.

Course description The course will start with a discussion of the nature of the media, the media value chain, and the relationship between media freedom, freedom of expression and other human rights.

It will examine the various international organisations competent in the media field and the regulatory strategies that are being adopted to deal with media convergence and globalisation. In relation to structural matters, consideration will be given to consolidation of media ownership and state funding of the media, in particular public service broadcasting. In relation to content controls, the course will examine attempts to create a more equitable flow of media content and concerns over media imperialism, the regulatory problems posed by pornography and hate speech and the balance to be struck between freedom of the media and privacy.

Students should attain a good understanding of the interplay between domestic and international law in this field, as well as the role of soft law and self or private regulation. They will be encouraged to think about the future role of law and regulation in a rapidly changing media environment.

The titles of the weekly topics are as follows:
Week 1: Freedom of Speech & Freedom of the Media from a comparative perspective
Week 2: Media Regulation: Sector Specific Regulation & the Challenge of Convergence
Week 3: The Limits of Media Freedom: Defamation and the Limits of Media Freedom
Week 4: The Limits of Media Freedom: Hate Speech
Week 5: The Limits of Media Freedom: Privacy in a Networked World
Week 6: Digital Media and the Regulation of Platforms and Intermediaries
Week 7: Public Service Broadcasting: 'Still Relevant in a Digital World?'
Week 8: Media Power, Concentration and Pluralism
Week 9: Citizen's Journalism: 'Protecting Individual Freedom, Ensuring Accountability?'
Week 10: Free Flow of Information and Media Imperialism: the EU, WTO and UNESCO
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the online learning team at
Additional Costs This course is taught by online learning.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written essay of 3,500 words (60%),
Blog of 1,500 words (20%),
Four reflective diary posts, to be posted in weeks 3, 5, 7, and 9, each identifying one key learning outcome attained in the previous two weeks (20 %). Each diary entry to be no more than 200 words in length.

Requirements for all course assessments will be outlined to students within the individual courses at the start of each semester.
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to obtain formative feedback over the course of the semester. The feedback provided will assist students in their preparation for the summative assessment.

Details of the School's feedback policy will be available at the start of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. attain a good understanding of the interplay between domestic and international law in the media field, as well as the role of soft law and self or private regulation.
  2. familiarise with the role of key international organisations such as the WTO, UN/UNESCO, EU and Council of Europe in the media field.
  3. understand the major challenges facing regulators as a result of globalisation and convergence and will have developed a legal framework, including a human rights framework, for analysing a number of key topical issues in relating to both the content and structure of media market notably media ownership, media imperialism, the protection of privacy and child protection.
Reading List
A detailed list of key resources will be available at the start of the course.
Additional Information
Course URL
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course aims to further develop students' abilities and skills in respect of:

1. Use of legal materials and legal reasoning;
2. Appreciation of law in its context;
3. Evaluation and criticism of law;
4. Legal research and intellectual skills of collecting, organising, evaluating and synthesising material and arguments.

Students will be required to develop their skills in managing time, working independently and together with others in developing an understanding of the field online, and taking responsibility for their own work.

Students will be expected to develop their written communication skills; both in preparing course assignments, developing different styles of communication (essay/blog/comment etc) and in engaging actively in online discussions.

Students will be encouraged to develop their skills through working with others to solve problems and develop a meaningful online dialogue on the issues raised in the course.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by online learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by online learning.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Paolo Cavaliere
Tel: (0131 6)51 5137
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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