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Module Title
Media Law
Reference BS4217 Version 5
Created February 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 10
Approved March 2013 SCQF Points 15
Amended June 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To appraise students of the principles and concepts relating to the structure of the media industry and its regulation. To enable students to understand how the law impacts upon the activities of the media industry. To facilitate students' critical understanding of the media and the regulatory mechanisms that impinge upon it. To provide a framework for the critical analysis and evaluation of a specific aspect of media law.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Discuss and evaluate ownership and accountability within the media industry.
2 Appraise the impact of regulatory mechanisms and the role of external agencies and judicial bodies in enforcing those mechanisms.
3 Analyse substantive legal issues pertaining to the control, content and dissemination of published material
4 Evince the ability to conduct critical legal analysis and evaluation within the field of media law

Indicative Module Content
Freedom of the press and free expression; the influence of human rights jurisprudence; media structure and ownership; regulation and self-regulation; accuracy and intrusion; broadcast media;

Module Delivery
This is a lecture and seminar based module. Lectures provide core module content. Seminars develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning.

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 [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 4
Description: Written coursework exercise
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Written examination

Explanatory Text
The Module is assessed by two components: C1 - Coursework - 30% weighting. C2 - Examination - 70% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A At least 70% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
B At least 60% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
C At least 50% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
D At least 40% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
E At least 35% on weighted aggregate
F Less than 35% on weighted aggregate
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None in addition SCQF 10 entry requirements or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 BLOY, D., 2011. Law and the media. 2nd ed. London: Sage Publishing.
2 BUSBY, N. et al., 2006. Scots law: a student guide. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: Butterworths.
3 CAREY, P. et al., 2010. Media law. 5th ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell.
4 NICOL, A., 2009. Media law and human rights. 2nd ed. London: Blackstone
5 QUINN, F., 2015. Law for journalists. 5th Ed. London: Pearson.
6 SMARTT, U., 2006. Media law for journalists. London: Sage Publications.
7 SMARTT, U., 2014. Media and entertainment law. London: Sage Publications.


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