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Legal Issues in Media and Publishing (PUBL90014)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePUBL90014
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject addresses ethical issues and legal constraints involved in publishing for print and digital media. It will review existing ethical codes and the mechanisms established to police them, as well as offering an overview of how publishing practices are shaped by legislative provisions relating to such matters as intellectual property, privacy, defamation and respect for cultural differences. On successfully completing this subject, students will have gained an understanding of a wide range of ethical and legal considerations.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • be familiar with standard media and publishing industry practices and codes of conduct as they pertain to print and digital publishing;
  • develop a strong understanding of the respective roles of editors, publishers and legal professionals in dealing with ethical and legal issues;
  • understand the impact on media and publishing practice of laws pertaining to such matters as intellectual property, privacy, defamation and respecting cultural differences;
  • be familiar with the issues involved in recent high-profile cases where standards have been breached; and
  • demonstrate an ability to apply ethical and legal knowledge to their own media and publishing practice.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • high-level written and oral communication skills through contribution to class discussions and the completion of assignments;
  • a capacity for effective teamwork through group discussions;
  • skills in cultural and ethical understanding of the cultural role of books and readings and the responsibilities of publishers;
  • skills in research through the preparation of class papers and assignments, including the use of online as well as print-based materials;
  • skills in time management and planning through managing workloads for recommended reading, tutorial presentations and assessment requirements;
  • a capacity for critical thinking through the use of readings and discussion to develop an understanding of the considerations that underpin law and ethics; and
  • a capacity for theoretical analysis through engagement with a range of texts that offer different perspectives on publishing as a component of the wider field of cultural practices.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

  • A 2,000-word defamation and contempt (40%), due mid-semester.
  • A 3,000-word essay (60%), due during the examination period.
  • Hurdle: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorErin Stapleton
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 30 hours: 1x1-hour lecture and 1x2-hour tutorial, taught weekly
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 9 November 2018