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Media Law

Undergraduate | GRF-CMM261 | 2024

Previously GRF-CMM26

Study method
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Enrol by
25 Feb 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
4 Mar 2024,
4 Nov 2024

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Media Law

About this subject

  • This subject introduces you to the legal issues faced by journalists, public relations practitioners and other public communicators. At the completion of this subject, students should have an awareness of:

    1. sources of law in Australia
    2. their rights to access information and to maintain confidentiality of sources and materials
    3. the legal implications of social media, blogging and other Web 2.0 publishing
    4. the legal restrictions on the coverage of crimes and court cases
    5. what constitutes defamation, and how to adjust your reporting, writing and editing to help defend a defamation action
    6. aspects of copyright that affect the rights of creators and users of original work
    7. competing public interests affecting free expression in a democracy in other areas including privacy, national security and discrimination
    8. mindful work practices that will both enhance the quality of professional communication and minimise the risk of legal action.

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • GRF-CMM26 (Not currently available)


Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Arts

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Bachelor of Communication

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