Postgraduate

MCH8059 : International Media and Law (Semester 1)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1 To give students an advanced insight into the legal and ethical frameworks within which journalists work in Britain and in other jurisdictions and cultural contexts around the world.
2 To prepare students to recognise when legal and ethical issues arise which relate to their practice and / or the reports they are producing and to be able to identify those issues and research and analyse how they should respond to them in an appropriate manner.
3 To prepare students to be able to develop their knowledge and understanding of legal and ethical issues throughout their careers and to apply that knowledge and understanding as reflexive practitioners guided by a strong set of professional and ethical values.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module may include, but is not limited to, sessions on:
Reporting crime and judicial institutions and procedure:
Defamation dangers and defences;
Press and broadcasting regulations in different judicial and cultural contexts
Censorship, access to information and freedom of expression;
Ethical issues in journalism and professional values;
Legal and ethical issues relating to children and the law, children in the media;
Copyright and intellectual property.

The module adopts a student-led and student-centric pedagogical approach in a field which is in constant flux and where students of all backgrounds need to understand the legal and ethical frameworks which constrain and support journalists in their work around the world. This approach to learning and teaching enables the module to enhance its international perspective and allows students to focus their learning on their particular area of endeavour.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1130:00130:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials84:0032:00Non-synchronous online. Intro to module; broadcast laws & regs (1); intro to each topic
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-person synchronous delivery – seminar groups
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity210:0020:00Working towards assessed interactive learning session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Synchronous online learning consolidation and assessment planning (for queries relating to asment)
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The exploration of key legal and ethical issues as they relate to journalism and the media in diverse judiciaries and social, political and cultural contexts is introduced by tutors but learning will primarily be led by students in groups. These sessions will explore critically the concepts, theories and issues involved in comprehending the legal and ethical context in which journalists work and how these are understood and applied in different countries.

This student-centred, student-led approach develops rich and deep understandings of the areas of law and ethical and professional values which they are researching and presenting in case study form as a group; involves preparation for the individual essay assignment; and allows individual students to tailor their learning to the particular national, social and cultural context in which they intend to develop their careers.

Students will prepare the case studies with support and guidance from tutors.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M552500 words. Compose own essay question - analytical response to topic or area of curriculum
Case study1M45Group-produced online case study on a designated topic, presented as an interactive online learning resource. 1,000 words equivalent
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study1MGroup-produced online interactive case study on a designated topic, presented to the class. 1,000 words equiv. Feedback, no mark
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Case studies
This element enables students to work together to address a particular field of law and related ethical concerns which are relevant to journalists and the practice of journalism and to examine it from a multi-national, multi-cultural perspective.

Formative case study:
Preparation of the first case study allows students to gain confidence in working collaboratively in their assigned group. Students receive feedback but the case study is not graded. 1,000 words equivalent

Summative case study:
The second case study is a summative assessment for which students receive feedback and a group grade. 1,000 words equivalent
Students will be applying skills and knowledge gained on this module in a variety of contexts, and every journalist today is publishing internationally. So it is important that this module is student-led and student-centred and thus allows individual students to direct their own learning and optimise its relevance to the context in which he or she plans to develop their career.
Furthermore, the intensive research each student undertakes in order to develop two case studies will inform their choice of essay and its execution.

Essay
This allows students to demonstrate their ability to research and critically analyse a particular issue or topic of concern relating to media law and ethics. Students are asked to decide on their own topic and discuss the framing of the question with the tutor. This is in accord with the student-led, student-centred pedagogical approach which allows individual students to better direct their own learning towards their own career direction.

The assessment strategy as a whole provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of legal issues through structured systematic argument individually and in a collaborative context.

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