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ACC717 - Law, Media and Communication


2020 unit information

Important Update:

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

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Janine Little
Trimester 3: Katrina Clifford


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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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

GLO2: Communication

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


Trimester 2:

Assessment Description

Student output

Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)

Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - Essay

2500 words or equivalent


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Assessment 2 - Essay

2500 words or equivalent


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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.

Learning Resource

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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