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ALJ313 - Journalism Law and Ethics

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Offering information:

Commences 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Deirdre Quinn-Allan


Students must have completed two units at level 2



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit provides students with groundwork practical knowledge to deal with legal and ethical issues that may arise from their work as journalists and media professionals. The unit takes a problem-based learning (case study) approach to working with students to develop an understanding of laws and regulations that influence journalism in Australia, highlight potential problem areas for journalists, focusing in particular on privacy, defamation, contempt of court, copyright and the ethical obligations of journalists as media professionals.


Written Assignment 1, 2000 words, 50%

Written Assignment 2, 2000 words, 50%

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