|Prerequisites for Module|
None in addition to SCQF 11 entry requirements or equivalent.
Aims of Module
To enable students to understand how the law impacts on journalism, exploring the role of key legal institutions and their constraints on media activity.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
||Analyse and justify the process of court reporting identifying relevant proceedings, terminology, restrictions, and defences. |
||Critically compare and discuss how other legal forums operate including hearings and tribunals and any limitations on reporting that apply. |
||Identify and critically discuss key issues relating to official secrets, interdicts, elections and the role and code of practice of the Press Complaints Commission. |
||Analyse and evaluate the basic structure and power of the Scottish legal system. |
Indicative Module Content
The structure of Scottish legal system; restrictions on reporting proceedings in civil and criminal courts; tribunals, fatal accident inquiries and children's hearings; official secrets; election law; press complaints commission.
Indicative Student Workload
|Private Study ||44||Mode of Delivery|
This will be delivered in a series of lectures supported by tutorials.
||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Component 1 ||1,2|
|Component 2 ||3,4|
2. 2000 word essay that critically examines aspects of General Reporting
1. 2000 word essay that critically examines aspects of Court Reporting (50%)
|1.||ASHTON, C. et al., 2007. Fundamentals of Scots law. Edinburgh: Thomson/W.Green.|
|2.||BLOY, D. and HADWIN, S., 2011. Law and the media. 2nd ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell.|
|3.||McINNES, R., 2010. Scots law for journalists. 8th ed. Edinburgh: W Green.|
|4.||QUINN, F., 2015. <I>Law for journalists.</I> 5th ed. New York: Pearson. <I>ebook</I>|
|5.||SMARTT, U., 2006. <I>Media law for journalists.</I> London: Sage|
|6.||SMARTT, U., 2014. <I>Media and entertainment law.</I> 2nd ed. Abingdon: Routledge. <I>ebook</I>|