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JOUR12-230: Ethical and Legal Strategies for Communication


This subject addresses ethical and legal issues that arise out of communication and media studies. It is concerned both with the ethical theory and its application to the area of communication and with specific moral and legal questions which arise for media and communication professionals, particularly journalists. The focus is on strategies communication and media professionals can adopt to avoid ethical and legal problems.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrable understanding of the key areas of media law and social media law affecting journalists and other media professionals, particularly defamation and contempt of court.
2. The ability to write a clear, concise and interesting court report within a news deadline and within legal constraints.
3. Demonstrable understanding of the key areas of media ethics affecting journalists and other media professionals, particularly privacy, trauma and tragedy, commercial pressures and deception.

Enrolment requirements

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/07/2018
Semester start10/09/2018
Subject start10/09/2018
Cancellation 1?24/09/2018
Cancellation 2?01/10/2018
Last enrolment23/09/2018
Last withdrawal?05/10/2018
Teaching census?05/10/2018
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens11/11/2018
Semester start14/01/2019
Subject start14/01/2019
Cancellation 1?28/01/2019
Cancellation 2?04/02/2019
Last enrolment27/01/2019
Last withdrawal?08/02/2019
Teaching census?08/02/2019