University of Technology Sydney

52640 Media Law and Ethics

6cp; Weekly asynchronous online lectures of 10 x 90-minute tutorials offered either on campus or online. Attendance at classes is essential in this subject. Classes are based on a collaborative approach that involves essential workshopping and interchange of ideas with other students and the tutor to build capacities towards meeting the subject learning objectives. A roll will be taken at each class (whether on campus or online). Students who have more than two absences from class will be refused marking of their final assessment (see Rule 3.8).


Knowledge, empathy and integrity combine in a journalist's daily working life. Using contemporary legal cases and news stories this subject looks at Australian and international media law and ethics, and traces the dilemmas and decisions impacting journalism and the communication industries. Students examine the legal parameters within which media professionals operate and the increased sophistication of and citizen interaction with digital and social media technologies. Students consider the commercial, social and political underpinnings of legacy media as contributing factors in the news media’s contemporary issues, alongside the new ethical boundaries being drawn to accommodate the production of media content in a digital world. In this subject, students learn about developing their own set of values when reporting the news. The course includes discussion of the latest verification tools being used to combat misinformation, disinformation, and examines miscontextualisation of media stories.

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Autumn session, City campus

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