2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 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 trimester.
Last updated: 5 October 2020
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 equivalent. This will involve a range of activities including seminar recordings, and synchronous and asynchronous participation in online classroom activities
This unit aims to provide insight into the legal rights and risks of professional communicators in journalism, public relations, and media practice. The unit will focus in particular on legal issues such as defamation, copyright and intellectual property, media freedom, privacy, and ethics. Globally relevant comparisons will be made with the Australian setting.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Describe the Australian legal context in which professional communicators work
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply knowledge of legal provisions governing professional communication to media practice in national context with global relevance
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO8: Global citizenship
Analyse case examples and case studies to determine current legal risks for professional communicators working in Australia today
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
Grading and weighting(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Essay
2500 words or equivalent
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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 ACC717 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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