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LAWS13-527: Media and Communications Law


Media and Communications Law is an undergraduate elective subject offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject deals with the law relating to communications media in the information society. It covers early controls and censorship of print media; freedom of expression and the Australian Constitution; defamation and the media; privacy, confidentiality and publicity; freedom of information; obscenity, blasphemy and sedition; copyright; free speech, contempt of court and parliament; regulation of the print media; radio and TV licensing; the multi-media revolution; the Internet and telecommunications regulation.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the philosophical foundations of free speech and controls on free speech, and how free speech is or is not protected within Australia and internationally.
2. Appreciate the competing normative claims of legal doctrines relating to defamation, contempt, privacy, etc.
3. Demonstrate capacity to identify and apply doctrines, principles and rules relating to media law to contemporary, novel legal challenges.
4. Understand the contemporary issues and debates relating to media law.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021