DILEMMAS IN JOURNALISM: LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES

JRN2DIJ

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will investigate the ethical and legal questions that confront journalists on an everyday basis, and the new dilemmas forged by rapidly evolving media technologies. To what extent have the ground rules changed with the explosion of new kinds of media content and platforms? Students explore how privacy, freedom of information, professional liability, conflict of interest, copyright and fair dealing, defamation, and confidentiality are dealt with by the law, through journalist codes of practice, and by media institutions. In this subject we will draw on the expertise of a range of experts and media professionals.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteinar Ellingsen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must complete 30 credit points of 1st year Journalism, Strategic Communications or Media subjects.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects JRN3DIJ

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be enrolled in either the Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of Journalism (Sport), Bachelor of Media (ABM), Bachelor of Strategic Communication (ABSC or ABSCB), or a Journalism major in the Bachelor of Arts (or associated double degrees: Law/Arts, Arts/Science, Arts/Health Science, Arts/Accounting, Arts/Economics).

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. A capactiy to evaluate and synthesise arguments about competing "dilemmas" involving ethical and legal issues in journalism practice

Activities:
All assessable work, lectures and tutorials,and guest lectures from industry and other relevant professionals.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving

02. A specific understanding of how digital journalism is creating new ethical and "best practice" issues

Activities:
All assessable work, lectures and tutorials,and guest lectures from industry and other relevant professionals.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving

03. An understanding of relevant codes of practice and codes of ethics and their relationship to legal issues that pertain to journalism practice

Activities:
All assessable work, lectures and tutorials,and guest lectures from industry and other relevant professionals.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Writing
Critical Thinking

04. An understanding of the legal issues that journalists and content providers are required to know in order to function with confidence as media professionals and self-publishers.

Activities:
All assessable work, lectures and tutorials,and guest lectures from industry and other relevant professionals.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Writing

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