Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
36 hours of seminar classes offered intensively over 7 days, or as 12 weekly 3 hour seminars over a semester.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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November, Semester 2
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The Melbourne Law School welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Law School policy to take all reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the School’s programs.
The inherent academic requirements for the study in the Melbourne Law School are:
Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/.
CoordinatorMr Jason Bosland
Melbourne Law School Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 8344 4475
This subject examines the core legal constraints imposed on the media in their publishing activities. The first part of the course requires students to analyse and evaluate broad principles relating to freedom of speech and public interest and their application to the media. It also examines the greater role that the legal protection of human rights, especially in the international context, has played in the development of media law. The second part of the course explores the constraints that are imposed on the media in their reporting of court proceedings, including contempt of court and the issuing of suppression orders by the courts. The third part of the course comprises a comparative, in-depth examination of the law of defamation across Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. It also draws on case studies from other jurisdictions, such as Canada and South Africa. The final part of the course looks at privacy and the media. It considers the current state of privacy protection in Australia, and requires students to undertake a critical, comparative analysis of the position in Australia and recent developments in the United Kingdom and the United States.
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
A 3-hour examination or an independent research essay of 6,000 words (worth 100% of overall mark).
Research essays are expected to demonstrate a highly advanced understanding of media law. In particular, it will be expected that students will generate complex argumentation, evaluate the forms and values of knowledge relevant to the area, as well as demonstrate creativity and initiative in the development of their advanced understanding of the matters at issue in the essay. Students will be given the option of writing on a topic formulated by them and approved by the coordinator, or writing on a topic set by the coordinator.
Des Butler and Sharon Rodrick, Australian Media Law (Lawbook Co, 4th ed, 2011
Specialist printed materials will be made available from Melbourne Law School
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills:
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