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Module Title
Introduction To Media Law
Reference BS1258 Version 3
Created February 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 7
Approved June 2007 SCQF Points 15
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
1. To appraise students of the principles and concepts relating to the structure of the media industry and its regulation.
2. To enable students to understand how the law impacts upon the activities of the media industry.
3. To facilitate students' critical understanding of the media and the regulatory mechanisms that impinge upon it.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Explain the basic principles of the law that relates to media organisations and the constraints they place them
2 Discuss the legal and regulatory framework in which media organisations must operate.
3 Identify and explain the key issues of law arising from legal problems relating to media organisations
4 Evaluate and apply the principles of law to problems associated with media organisations

Indicative Module Content
Sources of Law; Scots Legal System; Delict (defamation; confidence; trespassing); copyright; official secrets; racial and religious hatred; privacy; access to information; offcical secrets; court reporting; regulation

Module Delivery
The subject matter is delivered by way of twelve two-hour lectures and supported by tutorials.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 36 36
Non-Contact Hours 114 114
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Examination Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Closed-book examination

Explanatory Text
The module is assessed by one component: C1 - Examination - 100% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60% - 69%
C 50% - 59%
D 40% - 49%
E 35% - 39%
F 0% - 34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None, in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 ASHTON, C. et al., 2012. Fundamentals of Scots law. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Thomson/W. Green
2 BLOY, D. and HADWIN, S., 2011. Law and the media. 2nd ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell.
3 BUSBY, N. et al., 2006. Scots law: a student guide. 3rd ed. Haywards Heath: Tottel.
4 CAREY, P. et al, 2010. Media law. 5th ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell.
5 SMARTT, U., 2006. Media law for journalists. London: Sage.
6 SMARTT, U., 2014. Media and entertainment law. 2nd ed. Abingdon: Routledge.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781