|Prerequisites for Module|
None, in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent.
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:
||Explain the basic principles of the law that relates to media organisations and the constraints they place them|
||Discuss the legal and regulatory framework in which media organisations must operate.|
||Identify and explain the key issues of law arising from legal problems relating to media organisations|
||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
|Indicative Student Workload|
Mode of Delivery
The subject matter is delivered by way of twelve two-hour lectures and supported by tutorials.
||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Component 1 ||1,2,3,4|
The examination is closed book.
|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.|