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ALJ313 - Media Law and Ethics

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:J Little

Students must have successfully completed 2 units from the Journalism major sequence.



Incompatible with:

ALJ413, ALR205, ALR405,

Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit studies the ethical and legal framework governing journalists in Australia. It will look at journalists' rights and risks and the problems raised for the media by restraints on freedom of expression. The unit will focus in particular on ethical codes of practice, and legal issues such as defamation, contempt of court and copyright.


Two essays 2000 words each 50% each.

All assignments must be typed or printed from a word processor. Students must complete all items of assessment in this unit. If they do not complete every piece they will be awarded a fail for the unit.

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