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.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Gregory

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.


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).

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsJournalism Ethics For The Digital AgeRecommendedDenis MullerSCRIBE PUBLICATIONS (MELBOURNE & LONDON), PUBLICATION DATE: 2014.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Gregory

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Five quizzes (1,000 words equivalent)20
One 1,500 word essay40
Online features (1,500 word equivalent).40