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Module Title
Media Law

Freedom of expression; media ownership; regulatory mechanisms; secrecy; disclosure; contempt of court; defamation; privacy; advertising; internet and satellite regulation.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2003
ApprovedMarch 2013
AmendedMarch 2013
Version No.4

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition SCQF 10 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


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.
4. 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; internet regulation

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart Time

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

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

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 4
Component 2 1,2,3,4

Examination worth 70% of the module grade (C2)

Written coursework exercise worth 30% of the module grade (C1)

Indicative Bibliography

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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