2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
Two units at level 1
ALR205 and ALJ313
Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 2-hour seminar per week
Online independent and collaborative learning activities x 2-hours per week. This will involve a range of activities including seminar recordings, and synchronous and asynchronous participation in online classroom activities
This unit provides students with groundwork practical knowledge to deal with legal and ethical issues that may arise from their work as communication professionals or as users of media communication. 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; the Competition and Consumer Act and the ethical obligations of journalists as media professionals.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Identify and apply research and evaluation skills to current and potential ethical and legal questions in journalism and media practice
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Develop knowledge of real-world case studies in news and current affairs that reflect ethical and legal issues
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO8: Global citizenship
Analyse problem-based scenarios in journalism and media practice
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
Assessment 1 - Essay
Assessment 2 - Essay
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ACC213 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.
Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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